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Industry fears biogas is being left behind

The Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association (ADBA) has responded to Government backing for fracking by saying it should be prioritising biogas over shale gas.

Charlotte Morton ADBA

Charlotte Morton, ADBA chief executive, left, said: “It is criminal that the debate about unconventional gas risks excludes the best source we have: biogas from anaerobic digestion.”

Morton said biomethane was already replacing fossil fuels on the grid and could meet 10% of UK gas demand.

Environmental reasons to prioritise biogas, she added, including that it was low-carbon, treated food waste rather than sending it to landfill, and supported farming by producing digestate.

“The government should be putting green gas first, by giving long term policy certainty to investors and developers, and ensuring that policies such as local authority waste collections make as much organic material available for digestion as possible,” Morton said.

At the ADBA national conference, Jonathon Poritt criticised the Government’s failure to recognise green gas in its gas strategy and said “AD needs the consistency across government that the Office for Unconventional Gas is giving for shale”.

At the same event, Steve Wallace, the director of the Aldersgate Group, called for a “revolution in gas supply”.

Last month, Prince Charles opened the UK’s first large-scale biogas to grid plant at Poundbury, Dorset.


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