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Committing to making the greatest possible contribution towards achieving the UK's Net Zero Target

On 24th June 2021, ADBA submitted to the Prime Minister the UK Anaerobic Digestion (AD) and Biogas Industry Climate Declaration, whereby our industry commits to doing everything in its powers to deliver the greatest possible carbon reduction for the UK and thus help the country achieve its Net Zero ambitions.

On the same day, the Climate Change Committee (CCC) released its Progress Report to Parliament 2021, an annual assessment of UK achievements in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and biennial assessment of the country’s preparedness in tackling climate change.

With the Declaration, the UK AD and biogas industry wants to send a clear message to the UK Government that it is ready to help the nation decarbonise its economy and meet its climate change targets.

We congratulate those 48 signatories who have already come forward to commit to delivering to their best potential. ADBA will work with other industry stakeholders to encourage them to sign the Declaration and make a similar commitment.

In producing this Declaration, ADBA emulates the World Biogas Association (WBA), of which ADBA is a founding member. In 2019, WBA published the Biogas and Climate Change Commitment Declaration stating the global biogas industry’s commitment to cut global emissions by at least 10% by 2030 – subject to national governments putting in place the necessary policy and regulatory framework for the sector to fulfil this ambition. The WBA document was presented to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at COP25 in Madrid in November 2019.

At the time, WBA explained that the global AD and biogas industry could only deliver on its commitment if each country operated to its full capacity. We, at ADBA, are therefore excited to support WBA’s initiative and lead the British AD industry in committing to contribute its full potential towards achieving the UK’s Net Zero goals.

ADBA’s Biomethane: the Pathway to 2030 report of 2019 found that the AD industry could cut annual UK emissions by 6% by 2030. It is imperative that, as an industry, we make every effort to deliver this. However, to do so we need a supportive policy environment.

Therefore, the Declaration sets out both what we commit to deliver and what is required from government to unlock our industry’s full potential.

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