The number of anaerobic digestion (AD) plants in the UK – excluding waste water plants - has passed the 100 mark.
There were 72 AD plants at the start of 2012, and the rapidly expanding industry grows by around 30% per year, according to the Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association (ADBA).
Source: NNFCC and WRAP
WRAP told MRW that there are now 104 AD plants in the UK (see interactive map), but they could not identify the landmark 100th plant.
ADBA told MRW they thought the 100th operational AD plant was one of three contenders:
- AC Shropshire
- Battle Farm - Agrivert
- Dailuaine Distillery - Diageo (Scotland)
Charlotte Morton, chief executive ADBA, said: “The news that we now have 104 plants operating independent of the water sector is a milestone for the industry and shows what the industry is already delivering, as well as highlighting the huge opportunity for further growth and development of the market.”
However, Morton called for financial support for the sector and coherent Government policy to help it deliver its potential for the green economy.
“We need understanding within government that the current policy framework – for example the lack of coordination between waste and energy policy would be greatly assisted by biogas being included in the Gas Generation Strategy and within the responsibility of the Office of Unconventional Oil and Gas.
“The carbon and economic benefits of resolving these issues and further boosting the growth of AD would be huge,” she said.