01 Dec 2010 03:12:50
ADBA welcomes DEFRA AD framework
ADBA welcomes the framework document set out by DEFRA to develop the anaerobic digestion industry in the UK. Lord Redesdale Chairman of ADBA said, "The document shows that the government will have to work closely with industry to achieve the huge increase in energy from waste through AD set out in the Coalition document. ADBA as the leading trade association for anaerobic digestion and biogas has established 11 working groups focused on the key areas set out in the document and is looking forward to working with government to break down the road blocks that have held up, what is going to be, one of the most important renewable industries in the UK."
The framework document sets out many questions about how problems affecting the industry can be resolved. Charlotte Morton, chief executive of ADBA, said, "It is clear from the framework document that DECC and DEFRA will need the support and expertise of industry to deliver the huge increase. ADBA looks forward to helping to provide many of the solutions the document highlights."
• Anaerobic digestion (AD) is a natural process which converts organic matter such as household food and garden waste, farm slurry, waste from food processing plants and supermarkets, into biogas.
• Biogas can be utilised to generate electricity, heat, and, upgraded to bio-methane, be either used as a biofuel or be fed directly into the UK's gas grids.
• According to the Carbon Trust the generation of bio-methane would save twice as much carbon dioxide as producing electricity.
• AD is the only renewable that can be scaled up fast enough to enable the UK to reach its 2020 renewable energy target.
• AD reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
• AD preserves critical natural resources such as nitrates and phosphorus. Phosphorous is a finite resource for which there is no known alternative. It is critical for plant growth and world resources are already running out.
• AD reduces our use of fossil fuels.
• AD significantly improves Britain's energy security.
• ADBA stands for The Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association.
• The Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association was founded in September 2009.
• Since its launch ADBA has acquired over 120 members.
• ADBA's chairman is Lord Redesdale, former energy spokesman of the Liberal Democrats.
• ADBA's aim is to help enable or facilitate the development of a mature AD industry in the UK and to represent all businesses involved in the anaerobic digestion and biogas industries, to remove the barriers they face and to support its members to grow their businesses and the industry to help UK plc meet its renewable energy, climate change and landfill targets, as well as the preservation of critical natural resources.
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