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Climate, gas and CO2 security key themes of ADBA 2021 National Conference

Climate, gas and CO2 security key themes of ADBA 2021 National Conference
Lord Callanan to open the first physical event hosted by the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) since the outset of Covid

On 14 December, Lord Callanan (pictured left), Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Business, Energy and Corporate Responsibility), will address the 2021 UK Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) National Conference – the first physical event hosted by the trade body since the outbreak of the Covid pandemic nearly two years ago. The event in Central London will highlight how anaerobic digestion (AD) is the ready-to-go, low-cost technology that can deliver climate, gas and CO2 security – three critical issues currently affecting the UK.

In his keynote speech, Lord Callanan will provide an update on the Green Gas Support Scheme, explain the Government’s policy for biomass and explore the role of AD in the UK’s Net Zero strategy.

COP26 President Alok Sharma dubbed the period 2021-2030 “the decade of delivery” and this year’s ADBA National Conference will demonstrate how the AD industry can, over the next nine years:

  • reduce the UK’s annual greenhouse gas emissions by 6% and help the country fulfill its Paris Agreement and Global Methane Pledge commitments
  • meet 25% of the UK’s domestic gas demand
  • provide over 100% of the UK’s CO2 demand

Sessions will cover the outcome of the COP26 summit and how AD can deliver 25% of the UK’s Global Methane Pledge commitment, the delivery of separate food waste collections from 2023, farming regulations on digestate and the decarbonisation of transport.

Philipp Lukas (pictured right), Chief Executive of Future Biogas,  will also present his company’s vision for carbon capture and storage and join a panel discussion on bio-CO2.

Charlotte Morton, ADBA Chief Executive, said: “The UK is entering a new era of waste (or should I say resource) management to achieve greater climate, gas and CO2 security. What makes this year’s ADBA National Conference so pivotal is that we’ll emphasise how AD can deliver on all of these, especially the Global Methane Pledge, and address the barriers to the industry’s growth that MUST be lifted if we are to fulfil its potential.

As we have long be campaigning, there’s no net zero without biogas. Treating organic wastes through AD curbs methane and other GHG emissions across agriculture, food manufacturing, food waste and wastewater treatment, and crucially generates the valuable bioproducts needed to develop a sustainable, green circular economy for the UK. It’s a ready-to-use, mature technology that, given the right policy support, can rapidly make a huge contribution towards the UK’s transition away from fossil fuels to a self-sufficient, secure, low-carbon economic model.

As we emerge from the Covid pandemic, the AD industry can also bring tens of thousands of green jobs to the market and help boost employment across multiple sectors. If the UK is to deliver this decade, AD must be an integral part of the plan. We’ll be honoured to welcome Lord Callanan to our Conference look forward to hearing his insights on this topic.

The ADBA National Conference 2021 will take place on Tuesday 14 December at One Great George Street, London.

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Notes to editors

  • Lord Callanan – click here for his profile
  • The Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) is the trade association for the UK anaerobic digestion (AD) and biogas industry. ADBA’s vision is to see the full potential of the UK AD industry realised so it can help the UK achieve its emissions targets and other policy goals, creating a truly circular economy.
  • About the AD industry
    • There are currently 686 AD plants operational in the UK.
    • The entire industry digests approximately 46 million tonnes of organic material each year – organic material that would otherwise emit greenhouse gas if left untreated in landfill.
    • An estimated 16.6 TWh of biogas is produced each year by the AD industry – this green gas is either used to generate electricity and heat via a combined heat and power (CHP) unit or upgraded to biomethane and injected directly into the national gas grid. This is enough to heat 1.3 million UK homes.
    • The industry currently delivers 1% greenhouse gas savings in the UK every year.
    • An estimated 4,800 people are currently employed in the AD and biogas industry in the UK.
    • Fully deployed, by 2030, the UK AD and biogas industry expected to:
      • create 30,000 direct and 30,000 indirect jobs
      • save the UK 27m t of CO2 equivalent = taking 1/3rd of all cars off the road, by 2030.
      • heat 4.5-6.4 million UK homes with the 8 billion m3 of biomethane generated.
  • How AD works
    Anaerobic digestion (AD) is the natural breakdown of organic matter when deprived of oxygen in a container called digester. The process produces biogas and a residue called digestate, which can be used as a biofertiliser. The graphic below shows the applications of biogas and digestate and circularity of the AD process.

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