Centreforum consider long-term benefits of AD sector

Sat, 25-08-2012

The report by the influential think-tank was launched at the UK AD & Biogas 2012 conference and is entitled "Hit the gas: How to get the Anaerobic Digestion sector moving".

It aims to facilitate industry growth "by first demonstrating the advantages of AD, outlining the various barriers to AD growth that currently exist in the UK, and finally proposing a systematic framework of incentives, education and government regulation to harness this potential".

According to Centreforum key benefits include the constantly generated flexible nature of biogas, the diversion of thousands of tonnes of food waste from landfill, reduction of GHG emissions, the digestate end-product and the potential within the industry to generate 11 Twh of energy by 2020.

Financing, feedstock supply, cost and complexity of grid connections and an immature digestate market were all considered barriers to the benefits of AD.

Following the publication of the Centreforum report, Ed Davey, Secretary of State at DECC, commented that "the government is committed to promoting an increase in energy from waste schemes through anaerobic digestion. CentreForum's report offers some interesting ideas for how this increase can be achieved."

Thomas Minter, Director or Malaby Biogas, commented: "We welcome the outcome of this report which provides independent testament to our view that AD can offer great benefits to the UK in terms of waste reduction, renewable energy generation and reduction of greenhouse gases. The deep green credentials of AD are well recognised and in tough economic times the growth of a new industry should be promoted and supported for economic reasons as well as sustainable ones.

"Malaby Biogas are pleased to be at the forefront of this with the recent opening of their food waste AD plant in Wiltshire – the Bore Hill Farm Biodigester. As an early member of ADBA we hope to lead the way in standards of construction and operation. By integrating AD into wider development the efficiencies of combining generation and consumption make the technology a key to clean growth."