Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive of the UK’s Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA) Responding to the Chancellor's Spring Statement…
“The UK’s green gas industry strongly welcomes the government’s commitment to increasing the proportion of green gas in the grid in order to decarbonise the UK’s heat supply, and we look forward to more detail on this in the promised consultation as soon as possible.
“As the Chancellor rightly said in his statement, we need to reduce our dependence on burning natural gas for heating our homes in order to meet our climate targets, and the only way we can do this whilst making use of the existing gas grid is to increase the amount of green gas in the grid.
“The UK’s anaerobic digestion (AD) industry stands ready to produce this green gas from the millions of tonnes of organic wastes currently going to incineration or landfill or being left to rot – but the industry needs a favourable policy environment from government to help it to deliver this.
“While green gas has been the success story of the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive, funding for this is currently due to run out within the next two years. It’s therefore vital that the promised consultation includes a robust support mechanism for the production of green gas into and beyond the 2020s.
“Alongside the government’s recent commitment to rolling out universal food waste collections in England to send inedible food waste to be recycled into green gas through AD, today’s announcement is another huge endorsement of the importance of the UK’s AD industry from the very top of government.
“We therefore hope that this year’s Spending Review will confirm the government’s plans for supporting green gas production into the 2020s and funding for all English local authorities to roll out universal food waste collections.”