29 February AD Defra
An extra £10 million for a new anaerobic digestion (AD) demonstration programme has been announced by Environment Minister Hilary Benn. The news was part of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) budget announcements. Government funding, through the Environmental Transformation Fund (ETF), increased from £370 million to £400 million for clean energy technologies over the next three years.
Under the new AD demonstration programme up to four commercial scale facilities will show the potential of the technology.
Other announcements included more than £2 billion Private Finance Initiative credits to develop a sustainable waste infrastructure over the next three years.
Benn said: Defra spending will increase to almost £4 billion over the next three years but we must invest wisely. This is why we are focussing our efforts on helping to provide sustainable options for the future as well as supporting and influencing governments, businesses and consumers locally and globally.
As part of the ETF the Carbon Trust (CT) will get £47.4 million to develop offshore wind, third-generation photovoltaics, marine energy and biomass heating. This cash will also be used to boost the CTs energy savings loan scheme for small businesses.
The ETF is jointly funded by Defra and the Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform.
Defra said the settlement takes into account all its essential spending while providing flexibility to ensure it can protect against risks such as floods and animal diseases.