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COP26 ‘Will Highlight Importance Of AD In UK’

Glasgow has been announced as the host of next year’s UNFCCC Conference Of Parties 2020 (COP26) after Turkey withdrew from the bid. This move could be positive for the country, emphasising the growing anaerobic digestion (AD) and biogas sector here in the UK.

The UN Climate Change manager Niclas Svenningsen said this would show how important the industry is in reducing carbon emissions and helping to protect the environment.

Power Engineering International reported him as saying: “Biogas has all the features of the next generation technology. It needs to be at the table when the future policies of governments are designed, when NDCs are reviewed and taken to the next level.”

Charlotte Morton, chief executive of the UK Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA), also welcomed the news and congratulated Glasgow in becoming the host.

She stated recent conversations with Claire Perry, former Secretary for State for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, had been “encouraging”.

“The pledges made in the Resources and Waste Strategy published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs fill us with optimism for the future place that AD and biogas can take in the development of UK’s low carbon circular economy,” Ms Morton stated. 

Later this month, the UNFCCC will host a Climate Action Summit 2019 live webcast from its UN headquarters in New York. This will address the problem of climate change and reveal significant movements being taken across the globe to reduce carbon emissions.

It is hoped the meeting will engender a momentum to ‘race to the top’ of climate change, creating a competitive atmosphere to be the first to achieve Sustainable Development Goals.

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