The AD industry has called on ministers to help it boost the economy.
The chair of the Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association (ADBA) Lord Redesdale, said AD needed government support to give confidence to the financial sector and help the industry drive economic growth.
The association said the industry needed confidence in the long-term security of financial subsidies, a “coherent source segregated recycling policy”, and “greater recognition of the role AD can play in supporting food security and farming best practice” in order to realise its potential.
Lord Redesdale said: “The promise of AD is totally dependent on its feedstocks. We need clear direction to follow the waste hierarchy and ensure that waste streams are treated by the technology that delivers the most benefit, and for organic wastes this is AD.”
ADBA said with government support AD can help drive economic growth and employment in areas such as construction, farming, waste collection, water treatment and transport - as well as help the UK meet its greenhouse emission targets.
The body said AD has the potential to help create 35,000 jobs and supply a fifth of the country’s domestic gas demands, helping to provide energy security.
The industry will come together for ADBA’s annual conference in Westminster on 14 December. Speakers will include: DECC minister Charles Hendry; Dave Timson, head of waste, Sainsbury’s; Justin Laney, John Lewis Partnership; Callum Johnson, Camden Council; Gwyn Jones, vice president, NFU.
Session topics will include: Is the AD Momentum Building?; Waste Collection, Gate Fees and the Impact of Eric Pickles; The Role of Standards in the Development of the AD Industry; Delivering a Strategy for Biomethane as a Transport Fuel.