Five Anaerobic Digestion Advantages were in our opinion completely ignored by UK Tory Ministers when they decided to close the UK FiT (UK Feed-in-Tariff), at the end of March this year (2019).
Read the 5 advantages of AD/ anaerobic digestion advantages, below.
Note: The following article is the author's interpretation of the ADBA document available here. This article is not endorsed by ADBA, and the opinions expressed are those of the author of this article. To read the ADBA response we recommend that our readers read the original ADBA pdf document.
The UK Feed-in-Tariff ends for new applicants in March 2019, without a replacement.
By imposing this new austerity measure on the biogas industry as well as other renewable energy sources, not only will renewable energy output (as biogas) reduced as time progresses.
Energy production will be lost which could have been used to generate base-load electricity (green gas) 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Anaerobic Digestion (AD) offers an excellent return on the nation’s investment.
The video below is a presentation which contains the same text as the anaerobic digestion advantages article here on this page:
This investment return includes:
1. Energy security from domestic green electricity or gas.
Biogas is good for UK energy security. It is generated in the UK, and supplies are constant and reliable. Anaerobic Digestion is already delivering significant amounts of homegrown (green) electricity and gas now. And, has the potential to deliver around 30% of clean domestic electricity or gas demand, while also reducing imports. Plus, it is curbing carbon emissions, and improving the UK's Balance of Payments.
2. Cost-effective carbon abatement
Supporting AD could reduce the UK’s carbon emissions by 4%. Our calculations suggest that continuing to support the technology would reduce government expenditure by £755m from 2017 to 2040 in greenhouse gas (GHG) abatement This is when compared to the average renewable heat technology.
3. Economic productivity and global competitiveness
A sector already employing 3,500 people, with the potential to employ over 30,000 more. Many of these jobs are in rural areas and including manufacturing jobs, which are worth protecting. A thriving UK anaerobic digestion sector can export to the world. The global AD market is worth £1 trillion. BSI and HSE standards are sold and adopted abroad providing the opportunity to pull more UK business through the UK AD supply chain. A supply chain that has developed over the last 5 years.
4. Strengthening the Rural Economy
Recycling AD digestate improves Britain’s soils, which strengthens the rural economy. The poor quality of Britain's soils is costing the UK £1.4bn a year according to a recent Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology estimate. Integrated into farming, AD also helps stabilize farming businesses, improving their ability to withstand fluctuations in global commodity markets.
5. Meeting recycling targets
The UK government will not be able to meet its recycling targets without separate food waste collections. When introduced, these will require more food waste AD capacity, to treat and recycle the resulting separated food waste.
Anaerobic Digestion Advantages – Conclusion
Those are the 5 anaerobic digestion advantages which we ask to be given careful consideration by anyone who believes AD is JUST about renewable energy.
Finally, some say that Anaerobic Digestion's contribution is really so small as to be negligible. However, following strong growth in recent years, the UK’s AD sector now has a capacity of almost 750MW electrical equivalent. This is more than double the capacity of a conventional power station, such as the Uskmouth coal plant, and enough power for 850,000 homes.
With big opportunities for growth in AD. Is that really so small?
Data Source: ADBA Response to BEIS calls for Evidence on the UK Bioeconomy, with additional text by the video author shown in the video in italics. Read the original ADBA response here.
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