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Anaerobic Energy Could Solve Londonís Waste Crisis


Valves and liquid level gauges are essential for anyone operating an anaerobic digestion facility, and the number of these is set to increase.

Anaerobic digestion could be used to fix one of the biggest problems facing London at present, that of its waste production.

The amount of waste from London that ends up being incinerated to create energy, has doubled in the past decade, despite concerted recycling and waste reduction efforts.

One way to reduce this would be to redirect much of London’s food waste towards anaerobic digestion, and use this to power some of the capital’s energy needs.

A recent London Assembly report called for more anaerobic digestion to be used for the capital’s food waste stream, in a move that was welcomed by the anaerobic digestion industry.

Charlotte Morton, chief executive of the Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association, the trade body for the UK Anearobic Digestion industry said the report: “rightly recognises that burning waste not only contributes to London’s urgent air pollution crisis but also fails to extract maximum value from what we throw away.”

The report follows the Government’s commitment to diverting all food waste to anaerobic digestion by 2030, a move that will require quite significant change to recycling collections.

Diverting these away from landfill means that there will be less methane released into the atmosphere. This is important as methane is behind a lot of global warming, as the impact it has on the atmosphere is greater than carbon dioxide.