Last month we held our ADBA Industry Advisory Board meeting to gather the key points from industry experts on what the priorities for ADBA and the industry should be.
We had a wide-ranging discussion, with each board member giving three areas they'd like us to focus on.
What is often highlighted in these kinds of discussions is educating the general public, and in particular young people, on how anaeorbic digestion fits into the circular economy. Householders and politicians then may be more supportive in the long term. We need to get schools teaching on the topic, linking to the curriculum in subjects such as science.
Other topics include the challenge of the January 2020 date for gas grid connections under Tariff Guarantees, business rates, difficulties of getting Ofgem to approve feedstocks in the RHI, ammonia management, cost competitiveness, a vision tailored to each sector rather than the promotion of AD as a single package, securing access to feedstock and digestate management.
These were useful ideas that will feed-in to our business planning for our next financial year.
The Advisory Board will be meeting again in July.
Our Advisory Board conists of the following members:
- Avril Banks, Ab-en
- Cath Anthony, Bidwells
- Neil Liddell Young, Severn Trent
- Graham Southall, Northumbrian Water
- Garry Strange, Thames Water
- Nigel Lee, Amur
- Johan Ostlund, Cooper Ostlund
- Jorgen Ballerman, Xergi
- Glenn Carney, Greenlane Biogas
- David Hurren, Air Liquide
- Tina Hawke, Cadent Gas
- Ian Marshall, Wales & West Utilities
- Alan Midwinter, SGN
- Charles Banks, Southampton University
- Sonia Heavan, Southampton University
- Carl Gurney, Jelf
- Phil Gerrard, Privilege Finance
- Thomas Minter, Malaby Biogas
- Mike Falconer Hall, WRAP
- Alister Veitch, Orsted
- Mathew Davies, Environment Agency
- Kathryn Nicholls, Environment Agency
- Mike Hanson, Baxter Storey
- Chris Huhne
- Terrence Brownhill, Stopford