The UK’s National Farmers Union (nfu) in their Anaerobic Digestion NFU Policy, strongly supports the use of anaerobic digestion in agriculture. In addition they have issued a number of statements on the subject, a sample of which we have quoted below:
This NFU briefing and Vision for 1000 AD plants using farm feedstocks was instrumental in Defra launching its own Vision Statement “Anaerobic Digestion …
Small scale anaerobic digestion – NFU Online
Case Studies4 – Jan 2011 – In 1993 he installed a 125m3 anaerobic digestion system, which takes approximately 5m3 of slurry per day. The gas generated is then used to …
Anaerobic Digestion – NFU Online
Renewables Gateway › Case Studies: 11 Jan 2011 – Chris has installed a 20kw anaerobic digestion plant on the family farm, to complement the organic farming practice. The unit can take the slurry … – our Vision for 1000 AD plants on farms – NFU …
More about Anaerobic Digestion NFU Policy
I think you will agree that the above quotations show a strong commitment to AD within the Anaerobic Digestion NFU Policy.
NFU biogas Policy is they support financial measures to encouarge the adoption of AD, and therefore the UK Administration should show long term commitment on renewables to re-build confidence after over hasty removals of subsidy this autumn. The NFU asserted following publication of a new report, that robust bioenergy sector that helps both producers and users make a contribution to carbon targets is important.
The Nation’s Farmers Union aims for a system of food production, processing, and distribution that is, in all stages, economically workable, socially just, and ecologically sound. It beleives the current system doesn’t meet these factors and, so, isn’t viable. Augmenting AD use will help though.
Potent forces act against the development of sustainable farming it states. Furthermore , many legislators and businessmen think environmental protection conflicts with commercial expansion and profit – which is not invariably an NFU belief. State Farmers ‘ Union ( NFU ) is an association that represents farmers and growers of Britain and Wales. The organisation aids in developing rural policies, developing legislations, and promoting the significance of farming and horticulture sectors. NFU was set up in 1908 and is based in London, Great Britain.
To be more specific the NFU said the following about Anerobic Digestion, and produced good movement from the government:
The NFU proposed in 2008 that the government should set a national target for 1000 farm-based AD plants by 2020, delivering multiple environmental benefits – together with around 200 larger waste-linked AD facilities. Together, these AD plants could comprise 800 MW of electrical generating capacity, supplying about 6 terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity and potentially another 6 TWh of heat – about 4.5% of the UK’s renewable energy target. This NFU briefing and Vision for 1000 AD plants using farm feedstocks was instrumental in Defra launching its own Vision Statement “Anaerobic Digestion – Shared Goals” in February 2009.
The NFU’s very positive AD policy has no doubt help greatly in getting the current crop of anaerobic digestion plants built and running.