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Anaerobic Digestion ‘A Weapon Against War On Climate Change’


The role of anaerobic digestion in helping the UK meet its carbon targets will be a key message at the forthcoming Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association’s (ADBA) National Conference, it has been revealed.

Former environment secretary and chairman of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) Lord Deben will give a keynote presentation at the conference on December 7th, focusing on how anaerobic digestion is essential in the war on climate change.

Lord Deben recently wrote a foreword for the ADBA’s quarterly magazine, in which he described anaerobic digestion as “an increasingly efficient way of completing the system by taking what cannot be reused or directly recycled and giving it real value”.

In his forthcoming presentation, Lord Deben will outline the policy measures the government needs to adopt in order to meet its emissions targets following adoption of the CCC’s recommendations on the Fifth Carbon Budget.

The national conference, which will take place in London, will also feature panel sessions on the role of anaerobic digestion in transport, renewable heat and farming, along with different food waste collection systems and best practices in anaerobic digestion.

Chief scientific adviser at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Professor Ian Boyd will also be delivering a keynote presentation focusing on food waste recycling and the roe anaerobic digestion can play in facilitating the reuse of this waste.

Earlier this month, the ADBA called on the government to prioritise anaerobic digestion in the agri-tech industry ahead of the publication of its Industrial Strategy White Paper to bring about benefits in soil quality, as well as biodiversity improvements.

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