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Anaerobic Digestion Could Have Big Impact On Climate Change


Anaerobic digestion (AD) could play a significant part in the combat against climate change, helping the UK to achieve its net-zero carbon emissions goal. 


According to the UK Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA), there needs to be greater adoption of AD solutions to decarbonise industries and reduce the amount of carbon used.


The transport, heat, agriculture, food and drink sectors could all utilise AD, capturing organic waste emissions and creating bio-products that can be used again. 


The organisation claims that active promotion of AD would also create more than 60,000 green jobs and address nearly a third of the shortfall of the Fifth Carbon Budget (2028-2032), which aims to reduce carbon emissions by 57 per cent on 1990 levels. 


Charlotte Morton, chief executive of the ADBA, told BNN Breaking that the process can help with the UK’s fight against climate change, as well as create jobs, increase global competitiveness and boost economic growth. 


They are able to use waste products, such as livestock manure, to produce renewable energy. Not only does this reduce the amount of methane released in the air, lowering carbon dioxide levels, but its byproducts can be reused. 


Therefore, the European Biogas Association believes it has the potential to cut global greenhouse gas emissions by between ten and 13 per cent. 


However, to achieve this, the organisation says “policy and regulatory support is required”, while there also needs to be better promotion of AD’s environmental benefits to encourage more industries to adopt the technology. 



This will also help them reduce their own costs, as well as help protect the environment.