The anaerobic digestion (AD) industry has backed the fifth carbon budget following recommendations from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).
The budget is to set annual emissions to an average 57% below 1990 levels for the period 2028-32.
The AD & Bioresources Association (ADBA) is now calling for “ambitious and concrete plans” from the Government to reach the proposed emissions reductions.
It suggested measures including introducing consistent food waste collection services, encouraging AD to support waste management on farms and helping to reduce agricultural emissions while supporting farming businesses.
Chief executive Charlotte Morton said: “AD has the potential to reduce the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions by 4% – that’s about £1.2bn saved in carbon abatement costs – by decarbonising electricity and heat sectors, farming and transport.
“As well as contributing to the fifth carbon budget emissions reductions by generating renewable energy or transport fuel, AD reduces emissions from rotting manure, landfilled food waste and expensive carbon-intensive manufactured fertiliser.”
She added that “the Government can reassure the sector and deliver its goals by setting out a clear vision for both food waste collections and farm-based AD”.