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 DAVID AUTY

What are you most passionate about? What motivates you?

I hate waste of any kind – be it an obvious talent (I love trying to get the best out of people), or energy (my house is awesomely insulated), or food (‘the only waist food should go to is mine’). I also love solving problems by bringing in an alternative viewpoint or skill – either from myself or from my network of contacts.

Why are you so passionate about AD?

I’ve been an avid fan of AD all my working life because it solves a waste problem and converts it into two really useful things – energy and soil improver. As a child growing up in the countryside, I was aware of what soil needed to become ‘good land’ and I have a strong memory of a BBC Horizon programme predicting that oil would run out in 1995 and lead to all sorts of famine and war. That gave me a lifelong interest in all matters relating to energy and the importance agriculture plays in all our lives.

What do you think the future of AD looks like? Give us the positives and the negatives.

The first wave of entrepreneurial and Local Authority-led investment in AD is drawing to a close. We now need to be proving to the banks that AD is a good investment, but I believe they will only lend money once (their perception of) the risks have been reduced. We also need to rid the sector of the ‘snake-oil-salesmen’ peddling ludicrous claims for their latest gizmo.

What has been your proudest achievement since you started working with ADBA?

Contributing to the arguments by presenting data and calculations to show that the Renewable Heat Incentive needed to be set a lot higher than was first mooted. In the end, the level of subsidy came in higher than I had dared to hope.