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UK anaerobic digestion trade association welcomes Queen’s Speech environmental pledges

  • The UK Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) welcomes proposed environmental legislation in today's Queen's Speech
  • The anaerobic digestion (AD) industry, which treats and recycles organic wastes into green gas, green CO2, low carbon natural fertilisers and a range of biomaterials, could reduce UK GHG emissions by 5% and help meet the UK's Net Zero emissions targets

The UK Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) welcomes the environmental pledges made in today's Queen's Speech to “enshrine environmental principles into law to protect and improve the environment for future generations”. “Measures set to be introduced”, she said, “include improving air and water quality, tackling plastic pollution and restoring habitats so plant and wildlife can thrive”.  She announced the proposed setting up of the Office for Environmental Protection to provide independent scrutiny and advice and hold government to account on development and implementation of environmental law and policy.

The measures to be embedded in a-yet-to-be published Environmental Bill featured in a draft Environment (Principles and Governance) Bill.  They place significant emphasis on better use and recycling of waste – an area where the AD industry can make a major difference.

ADBA's Chief Executive Charlotte Morton said: “We welcome the proposals outlined in the Queen’s Speech for new legislation implementing legally binding environmental targets, and a new regulator to police and enforce them. We would encourage Ministers to give this regulator real teeth to ensure we meet our Net Zero by 2050 commitments, and ensure that anaerobic digestion and its products are recognised as a critical part of this – it alone can reduce the UK’s total emissions by 5% and is a technology which is here today.”


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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.

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