The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has established a group to specialise in the landfill gas sector, headed by experts at Viridor and Biffa.
The REA says the move is in response to a request from its members.
Although landfill gas is a declining renewable resource, the association notes that it still generates enough electricity to meet the annual needs of more than one million households.
The REA says utilisation of landfill gas should be maximised and sites could ultimately be used to generate other forms of renewable energy.
”The industry therefore seeks a favourable policy environment,” a statement said. ”The UK’s unique knowledge and expertise in landfill gas project development and operation can also be used abroad.”
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Ian Morrish, Viridor’s managing director of landfill energy (pictured), is the new group’s chair while Chris Parry, Biffa’s energy from waste general manager, is vice-chair.
Morrish said: “I welcome the opportunity to lead a group with such a vast amount of knowledge and experience. We want to keep the landfill gas power generation industry at the forefront of the renewables agenda with regulators, legislators and policy-makers alike.
”With the support of the REA, I see great potential to drive efficiencies from a declining fuel, and to diversify our assets and people to keep our industry progressing.”