ABDA Urges Government To Unlock Full Potential
The Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) has submitted to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson the UK AD and Biogas Industry Climate Declaration, in which the industry commits to doing everything in its powers to reduce carbon emissions and reach net-zero goals.
Let’s Recycle reports that with the declaration, the UK AD and biogas sector intends to send a clear message to the Prime Minister that it is ready to help the government with its efforts to decarbonise the nation’s economy and meet its net-zero goals.
However, the declaration also highlights that this will only be possible if Johnson’s Cabinet creates a supportive policy environment and regulatory framework now.
ADBA established in its 2019 report, Biomethane: The Pathway to 2030, that the AD industry could reduce emissions by 6 per cent by 2030, but to achieve this, it needs a coherent and supporting policy strategy across all departments involved - the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Department for Transport and the Treasury.
The declaration defines what is required from the government to unlock the industry’s full potential - fully deployed, the industry would also create 60,000 new jobs.
ABDA and the 48 signatories of the declaration are urging the government and local authorities to:
• Create an AD and green gas policy framework as soon as possible that brings together government departments’ work streams into a cohesive support strategy;
• Support AD in agriculture, through the introduction of a tariff premium for the treatment of manures and slurries through AD and a renewable bio fertiliser obligation;
• Support the use of biomethane in transport, through its recognition as a leading low-carbon fuel to decarbonise HGV operations and better incentives to promote investment in the development of new biomethane plans for transport and refuelling infrastructure;
• Support small businesses and community projects in developing a circular economy, using AD to transform local waste into local heat and power;
• Establish material hierarchies for all organic wastes with AD as the optimal recycling technology;
• Target innovation funding to support key areas of the industry that would deliver a step-change in performance, reducing or eliminating the need for financial support for the sector and improving its international competitiveness.
Charlotte Morton, ADBA’s chief executive, said: “The CCC has just published its Progress Report to Parliament, which highlights a huge gap between government ambition and policy reality
“The UK AD and biogas industry alone can make up 30 per cent of shortfall required to meet the Fifth Carbon Budget by 2030, including mitigating especially harmful methane emissions from organic wastes this decade.”
She added that the association can only do so if the government acts now, and doing so would enable the PM to show the leadership needed as the hosts of COP26 to encourage all other countries to follow suit.
She said that the association thanked and congratulated all 48 of the declaration’s signatories and that it will work with other industry stakeholders to encourage them to also sign it to further demonstrate the industry’s commitment to decarbonising the UK economy, particularly across hard-to-decarbonise sectors such as heat, transport, agriculture.
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