A study examining the market for the treatment of organic waste has been announced by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).
The study, which will be supported by Ofwat, will examine:
- Whether there are appropriate incentives for increasing the use of anaerobic digestion technology,
- Possible barriers to co-treatment of waste from different sources in a single facility
- Whether price regulation of recycling and disposal services is appropriate.
OFT senior director of infrastructure Heather Clayton said: “Techniques like anaerobic digestion offer tremendous opportunities to produce clean energy and reduce unnecessary waste. We need to make sure that the conditions are right to maximise the potential for these technologies to benefit the UK.”
Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association chief executive Charlotte Morton said: “Defra’s ongoing Framework Document process should decide a strategy for the industry which maximises its contribution to the Government’s climate change, renewable energy and resource preservation targets.
“This study could contribute to the next step: ensuring incentives and investment are in place to support this strategy and meet the Government’s commitment to a ‘huge increase’ in AD.”
The study is expected to be concluded in July 2011.