Climate Targets ‘Should Focus On Anaerobic Digestion More’
As world leaders head to Glasgow for the COP26 summit, a body representing the biogas industry has warned that the UK government’s zero carbon targets are not putting enough emphasis on the role this sector can play.
The Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA) has said biogas production helps cut UK emissions by one per cent a year, but could, if the potential is harnessed fully, increase this figure to six per cent by 2030.
While the government net zero strategy has envisaged a tripling of the use of biogas by that time, ABDA believes the potential output could be ten times as high, with the capacity to heat 4.5 million homes.
Tank fitting firms may be busy enough under the current plan, but evidently the industry believes they should have a great deal more to do. ABDA chief executive Charlotte Morton said that while the plan clearly acknowledged that biogas has a role, it is nowhere near as ambitious as it could and should be.
She remarked: “Our research demonstrates that our industry can deliver significantly more, and, crucially, far more quickly, than is predicted in the plan.”
With the summit fast approaching and the agreements that will be reached at it likely to keep environmental issues and energy concerns in the headlines for months to come, now may be an opportune time for the biogas sector to press the case for greater involvement.
Another topical reason for this may be the issue of UK energy supplies as a whole, at a time when wholesale prices for hydrocarbon gas have been very high, threatening UK supplies and pushing bills up.
Part of the problem is that much of the supply of gas comes from Russia and while state-owned firm Gazprom has been ordered by President Putin to increase supplies - which has caused prices to start to fall again - this has led to concerns that without alternatives, Europe may be vulnerable to the use of gas as a weapon of political leverage.