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Calls For New Government Policy On Anaerobic Digestion


The Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) has called on the government to introduce a new policy to support farms using anaerobic digestion, as well as the waste sector.


It comes as the government announced its intention to continue limiting anaerobic digestion deployment in the Feed-In Tariff (FIT).


Charlotte Morton, ADBA chief executive, said that the government needs to do more if it wants to decarbonise farming and waste using anaerobic digestion as a part of that strategy.


She added that without this technology, the government will miss its key targets of decarbonising the farming and waste sectors, pointing out that the FIT is expected to close to new applications sometime in 2018.


“New support for anaerobic digestion needs to be developed as soon as possible so that it is in place by the time the FIT is closed,” she asserted.


Earlier this year, the president of the European Biogas Association (EBA) highlighted the importance of the industry not only for the UK, but Europe as a whole. He described it as an “indispensable part of European development”.


In the EBA’s report on the state of the sector, which was released at the start of 2017, the UK was named as one of the countries to have made the biggest steps forward with the use of biogas, having increased the number of plants by 17 per cent since 2014.


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