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PRESS RELEASE: AD industry responds to CCC land-use and biomass reports

Responding to the publication of the Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC’s) two new reports on land use and biomass, Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive of the Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA), said:

ADBA welcomes these two important reports from the CCC.


With regard to land use, the CCC is absolutely right about the need for fundamental reform to ensure land becomes a more effective carbon store. Anaerobic digestion (AD) plants produce nutrient-rich, natural fertiliser that helps to restore organic matter and NPK and lock carbon into soils, and the AD industry would like to see greater recognition from government of how this can help to improve the health of the UK’s soils.


Use of AD on farms also supports the CCC’s call for low-carbon farming practices through allowing farmers to recycle their manures and slurry into renewable energy and natural fertiliser.


We also welcome the CCC’s recognition of the importance of organic waste and energy crops (where grown sustainably) in meeting the UK’s long-term emissions targets. The CCC is absolutely right that the government should continue to support AD deployment to ensure that the industry can make the maximum possible contribution towards tackling climate change.


An important part of this is recycling inedible food waste, and we echo the CCC’s call for separate collection of food and biodegradable waste in all areas across the UK. We hope to see more action from government on this in the forthcoming Resources & Waste Strategy.

CCC Chief Executive Chris Stark recently wrote in ADBA’s quarterly magazine that AD is a “genuinely ‘low-regrets’ option” and that “the wealth of evidence supports the case for [AD] deployment”.

The findings of the CCC’s reports will be discussed in detail at the ADBA National Conference 2018 on 11th December.



Notes for editors

Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association:

ADBA is the trade association for the anaerobic digestion (AD) industry in the UK and companies and organisations working on novel technologies and processes that compliment the anaerobic digestion process and products. With our members we promote the economic and environmental benefits of AD in the UK.

We represent organisations from many sectors including: AD operators, AD developers, AD equipment providers, water companies, farmers, food & drink retailers, waste companies, universities and more.


Contact details

Chris Noyce, PR & Parliamentary Affairs Executive, ADBA

T: 020 3176 5441      E:


Twitter: @adbioresources

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