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Biogas Future Prospects Look Good – Why ADBA Expects Many More UK AD Plants

Biogas future prospects do look good for UK AD Plants! In the UK the future prospects for a thriving biogas industry, reducing UK carbon emissions are looking better than they have for many years.

That’s our opinion, so we are delighted to be able to republish the latest Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) Press Release below, which explains why they expect 50 or more new Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plants to be built, in the UK very soon.

ADBA Press Release on Biogas Future Prospects:

“Tide may be turning” for UK anaerobic digestion industry

Renewable technology has “bright future” despite recent difficulties, says industry body.

Global AD and biogas trade-show strikes positive note after tough years for UK industry

Charlotte Morton presents on biogas future prospectsThe “tide may be turning” on future prospects for the UK anaerobic digestion (AD) industry, according to the head of the Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA).

ADBA Chief Executive Charlotte Morton said last week in her welcoming remarks at UK AD & World Biogas Expo 2018, the world’s largest international trade-show dedicated solely to AD and biogas:

“The last few years have been very challenging for the UK AD industry. We’ve been operating in an environment of declining government support for renewable energy, with tariffs for renewable electricity and, until very recently, renewable heat steadily falling. There are, however, a number of reasons to believe that the tide may be turning and that AD in the UK has a bright future.”

“First, despite significant delays, changes to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) have now finally come into effect, providing the kind of tariff rates for biomethane production that we were seeing five years ago as well as new tariff guarantees that lock in these rates over a set period. This is bringing £150-£300m of new investment to build a further 50+ biomethane plants. And whilst the current RHI scheme is due to close by 2021, the urgent need for more biomethane is resulting in calls from the Committee on Climate Change for the government to put in place a replacement before the end of this year.”

“There is also good news on the food waste side of the industry, with the European Union’s Circular Economy Package having come into force just last week. One of the key elements of the package is an obligation for EU Member States to bring in separate collections for biowaste by December 2023, and we fully expect the UK to adopt these targets in the Resources & Waste Strategy due out later this year.”

“Finally, there is considerable investment coming into the AD sector as part of an industry consolidation that involves refinancing and upgrading existing on-farm AD plants to improve their performance. This is expected to require £300m of opex across the industry per annum by 2020.”

And, on UK biogas’ future prospects:

“So there’s a huge light at the end of the tunnel if we can just keep going through these tough times.”

AD and biogas technologies convert organic wastes and energy crops into renewable heat and power, clean transport fuel, and nutrient-rich biofertiliser, helping to reduce emissions whilst improving energy and food security and improving air quality.

While the UK AD industry already has sufficient capacity to power 1.2 million homes, the number of new AD plants being built has been falling in recent years, constraining the ability of the industry to help meet government decarbonisation goals across heat, electricity, farming, waste, and transport. ADBA’s latest Market Report shows that AD in the UK is currently reducing emissions by 1% per year, but has the potential to reduce emissions by 5% if the industry reaches its full potential.

UK AD & World Biogas Expo 2018 was jointly organised by ADBA and the World Biogas Association (WBA) and brought together AD and biogas professionals from around the world to discuss the latest developments and innovations in the industry. Alongside an exhibition and full conference programme, highlights from the expo included a breakfast briefing for farmers on the opportunities for refinancing existing on-farm AD plants, a dedicated lunch and workshops for local authorities on introducing separate food waste collections, and a black-tie awards ceremony celebrating those making the greatest contribution to AD and biogas in the UK and around the world.

PRESS RELEASE ENDS

Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association: www.adbioresources.org

View the ADBA July 2018 Market Report.

UK AD & World Biogas Expo 2018: www.biogastradeshow.com


More on Biogas Future Prospects

Prospects for a bright future for biogas and biomethane production to expand rapidly seem also to be echoed across the Atlantic, as evidenced by the following round-up of recent events:

Future Prospects for the Biogas and Biomethane Market by 2025

The researchers of this report show why sales of Biogas and Biomethane are projected to surge in the coming years. The study covers the trends that will strongly favour the industry during the forecast period, 2018 to 2025. Besides this, the study uncovers important facts associated with lucrative growth and opportunities that lie ahead for the Biogas and Biomethane industry. via Biogas and Biomethane Market Report

Biogas Future Prospects – New Report on US Biogas Market 2018

The study offers a comprehensive overview of the market scenario and involved market segments such as application/ type/ regions/ end user (as applicable). Further, it examines extensive research on the market on the basis of current and historic sales, revenue, capacity, production status and market share for each manufacturer. The future insights and prospects are then analyzed with the help of industry experts.

The report is split into seven regions with sales (volume), revenue (value), market share and growth rate of Biogas in these regions, from 2013 to 2025 (forecast). via Report on US Biogas Market 2018

US: House subcommittee holds hearing on advanced biofuels, RFS

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Environment held a hearing June 22 titled “Advanced Biofuels Under the Renewable Fuel Standard: Current Status and Future Prospects,” that included discussions of post-2022 RFS policy, the EPA’s misuse of RFS waivers, the potential for an octane fuel standard.

The event featured testimony from Brooke Coleman, executive director of the Advanced Biofuels Business Counci, among others…

Coleman’s testimony focused primarily on how to generate growth in the advanced and cellulosic biofuels sectors, arguing policy-makers should stay the course on the RFS. via advance bio fuels RFS

Your comments are welcome below on your opinion of biogas future prospects.

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