AD ‘Can Help UK Meet Net Zero Emissions Target’
The UK government needs to utilise anaerobic digestion (AD) more widely to help it meet its target of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Let’s Recycle reported on calls by the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) for the government to give AD a greater role in its plans on how to meet this ambitious target.
This follows a report released by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) earlier this month, which stated that the government needs to introduce a ban on biodegradable waste going to landfill by 2025 at the very latest.
External affairs manager for the ADBA Jon Harrison told the news provider that there are a number of benefits to embracing AD in the UK.
“By processing waste (notably food waste) and turning it into clean energy and biofertilisers, AD can also support the development of a circular economy that both farmers and the general public can engage with,” he asserted.
As a result, the ADBA wants the government to proceed with the agriculture bill as soon as possible, because this includes recognition of AD in its “system of payment for public goods”.
Last month, the ADBA used Clean Air Day to highlight how AD and the wider use of biogas could help reduce emissions in the transport sector. Waste Management World pointed out that vehicles powered by biomethane produce 50 to 80 per cent less carbon emissions than diesel powered vehicles.
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