14 Dec 2010 01:12:44
Lord Marland speaks at ADBA conference
The conference will take place at One Great George Street, Westminster from 9:00am, with the Minister's speech at 13:00. He will be introduced by ADBA chairman Lord Redesdale. He is speaking at a critical time for AD and the government, with the Framework Document for Anaerobic Digestion being developed, and the announcement on the Renewable Heat Incentive expected imminently.
Other speakers at the conference include David Kennedy, chief executive of the Committee on Climate Change, Mark Worsfold, head of asset strategy, Ofwat and Paul O'Donovan, head of gas transmission, Ofgem.
• 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 attracted over 180 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.
• 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 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 by 2020.
• 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.