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Biogas ‘Could Power 15 Million Homes By 2050’


A new report from gas distribution network Cadent has revealed that collectively, domestic and food waste, along with agricultural residues, sewage waste and energy crops, could produce enough biogas to heat between seven and 15 million homes by the year 2050.

According to the company’s recent Bioenergy Market Review, renewable gas produced from waste and non-waste feedstocks could generate 60 to 183 terrawatt hours of biomethane, which is potentially enough to meet the entire annual gas demand of London, East Anglia and the South East.

Cadent’s director of network strategy David Parkin said that the report shows how renewable gas could play a significant role in helping the UK meet its carbon reduction targets as well as potentially saving consumers more than £10,000 each between now and 2050.

“Alongside other green energy solutions, renewable gas offers us an affordable, sustainable route to heat our homes and fuel transport, while tackling climate change and contributing towards more sustainable waste management and cleaner air,” he said.

Mr Parkin added that the government expressed an interest in exploring the potential of renewable gas in its Clean Growth Strategy and said the company is keen to work with ministers in this area.

The report suggests that renewable gas production could rise significantly over the next three decades if provided with the right support. In 2015, more than 15 million tonnes of waste was sent to landfill or exported to Europe; the company suggests that in the future, this waste could be used to generate renewable gas.

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