Biomethane could deliver 30% of the UK’s 2030 carbon budget in hardest to decarbonise sectors, provide green heat to 6.4 million homes and create 30,000 jobs by 2030.

That’s according to a report by the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) titled Biomethane: The pathway to 2030, which highlights the potential for biomethane to cut emissions in hard to decarbonise sectors of the UK.

According to the report, sponsored by Air Liquide, Privilege Finance and SNG, when fully deployed, the biomethane industry could deliver a 6% reduction in the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

The report also shows that the biomethane industry could create tens of thousands of jobs, boost energy and food production security, attract investment into the green economy and enhance Britain’s competitiveness on the international sustainable technology market.

“Our sector has seen periods of very strong growth in the last decade as a direct result of supportive policy, but this has stalled in recent years due to the withdrawal of support,” said Charlotte Morton, ABDA’s Chief Executive.

“The next ten years, dubbed the climate decade, are our last chance to reverse the climate crisis. To reach its full potential by 2030 and make a real impact, the industry must grow faster than it has ever done.”

“We therefore need robust and immediate support from government to capitalise on the sector’s wide-ranging environmental and social benefits, and to unlock a commercially viable, world-also anaerobic digestion industry with good, services and expertise that can be exported around the world.”

“In the face of the climate emergency, anaerobic digestion is not an option, it’s a necessity, and a technology that needs to be fully deployed now to create the healthy environment and healthy green economy that the UK needs.”

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Cause for a new national renewables day?

Rob Cockerill, Global Managing Editor

Have we just missed a trick here in the UK by not coining a new National Renewable Energies Day?

One could be forgiven for this slipping under the radar, but it’s not lost on us here at gasworld that in the same day we’ve seen the launch of both a Hydrogen Taskforce in the hallowed halls of Westminster and a new pathways report into biomethane’s potential from the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA).

Given the significance of both these means of energy or power, there is surely merit in making 2nd March a day annually devoted to championing renewable energies…

Read the full column from Rob Cockerill online here

In order for the industry reach its full potential, the report identifies key policy asks that will enable flourishing results:

  •  Immediate support for biomethane production beyond 2021
  •  Extension of the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation beyond 2032
  • Funding for innovation
  • Establishment of resource hierarchies for all organic wastes with anaerobic digestion as the optimal recycling technology
  • Development of a renewable biofertiliser obligation
  • Support for local circular economy projects around food waste recycling through anaerobic digestion into heat and power generation

“Now is the time for us to ensure policy makers understand the potential for energy from waste technologies to contribute towards achieving net zero and the creation of a more circular economy,” said Chris Winward, Chief Commercial Offer at Privilege Finance and SNG.

“The injection of further biomethane into the gas network is key to decarbonise heating through the 2020s and involves no disruptive changes for customers,” said John Morea, CEO of SNG.

“We hope this report will raise the profile of the potential for biomethane to deliver a third of the carbon savings necessary to meet the UK’s legally binding fifth carbon budget and allow for the necessary policies to be introduced from when the Renewable Heat Incentive ends in March 2021.”

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