UK biogas grows 30% in a year

Biogas production has grown 30% in a year in the UK. That’s according to a report by Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) which stated almost a third of biogas […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

Biogas production has grown 30% in a year in the UK.

That’s according to a report by Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) which stated almost a third of biogas generation is produced in the country compared to this time last year.

The UK has an installed capacity of 617MW – equivalent to powering 800,000 homes.

However ADBA warns growth will slow further in the coming years due to recent energy policy changes which have reduced new AD energy generation capacity by 250MW in 2018.

Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive at ADBA said: “Our report also shows an opportunity at risk. Using existing technology and feedstocks, the AD industry could be four times bigger than it is today – but government decisions to scale back electricity support and uncertainty over heat and waste policies, mean that we could lose as much as 250MW of potential capacity over the next two years. That’s enough to increase our tight winter electricity capacity margin by 10%.

“The Committee on Climate Change have said that getting biodegradable waste out of landfill and using AD to cut farming emissions is crucial to meet the carbon budgets set under the Climate Change Act. It’s now time for the government to set policies which will deliver those goals.”