ADBA PRESS RELEASE
Reacting to George Osborne’s announcement today [5 Dec] on the future of gas strategy Charlotte Morton, ADBA, chief executive said:
The future of the UK’s gas supply is rightly one of the hot topics of the Autumn Statement. However, green gas needs to be a much bigger part of the debate since it allows us to meet both our energy security needs and our climate change targets – it doesn’t need to be either or. Biomethane from AD is extremely low carbon, and is already replacing fossil gas at commercial scale in the grid in Poundbury. Tens more thousands of households will be using it as new plants come online across the UK next year. Within a decade we could be delivering over 10% of the UK’s domestic gas demand.
And this quiet revolution doesn’t just deliver green energy – the AD process provides the best environmentally friendly option for recycling food waste into green gas and green fertiliser, thus returning valuable nutrients back to farm land to support food production and climate smart farming. It is also contributing hugely to economic growth – with the potential to deliver £2-3bn of green gas a year and create 35,000 jobs.
Biomethane needs to be the top priority in the UK’s strategy for unconventional gas to ensure we continue to reduce the carbon cost of energy at the same time as securing supplies going forward.
The industry will come together on the 12 December next week at The Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association’s (ADBA) fourth annual ADBA National Conference 2012, One Great George Street, Westminster, to discuss the role of AD in the broader economic and political picture in the context of the recent high profile and controversial political announcements including the Energy Bill, Eric Pickles on weekly residual waste collections, and the Treasury’s push for a dash for gas.
More information – including the full conference programme – is available here. If you are a member of the press and would like to attend the conference please contact Rosaline Hulse T +44 (0) 203 176 5441. For the latest updates in the run up to and on the day of the conference please follow @adbiogas. If you are tweeting about the event please use #ADBANatCon.
Full information on the Autumn Statement available here.