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Why we have signed the UK Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Industry Climate Declaration…

… and what it means for our journey to Net Zero

As part of a group that is helping to pioneer food waste recycling services across the UK, Warrens Group’s anaerobic digestion facilities are helping the country to reach its Net Zero goals.

To help accelerate the UK’s sustainability agenda, we have signed the UK Anaerobic Digestion (AD) and Biogas Industry Climate Declaration.

The Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADMA) has submitted to the Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the declaration outlining our industry’s commitments to doing everything in its power to deliver the greatest possible carbon reductions for the UK.

With this Declaration, the UK AD and biogas industry is sending a clear message to the Prime Minister that we are ready to help the UK Government decarbonise the nation’s economy and meet its climate change targets by cutting annual UK emissions by 6% by 2030, but that this will only be possible if his Cabinet creates a supportive policy environment and regulatory framework.

The Declaration defines what is needed from government to unlock the industry’s full potential – fully deployed, the industry would create 60,000 new jobs.

ADBA, Warrens Emerald Biogas Group, and the 47 other signatories are calling for the British Government and authorities in cities, regions, and nations of the UK to:

• Create an AD and green gas policy framework as soon as possible that brings together government departments’ work streams into a cohesive support strategy.
• Support AD in agriculture, through the introduction of a tariff premium for the treatment of manures and slurries through AD and a renewable biofertiliser obligation.
• Support the use of biomethane in transport, through its recognition as a leading low-carbon fuel to decarbonise HGV operations, and better incentives to promote investment in the development of new biomethane plants for transport and refuelling infrastructure.
• Support small businesses and community projects in developing a circular economy, using AD to transform local waste into local heat and power.
• Establish material hierarchies for all organic wastes with AD as the optimal recycling technology.
• Target innovation funding to support key aspects of the industry that would deliver a step change in performance, reducing or eliminating the need for financial support for the sector and improving its international competitiveness.

We’re working hard with our industry peers to help decarbonise the UK economy, and set the country on a clear path to reaching Net Zero. Organisations which are getting involved with food waste recycling and using biogas to fuel their operations are a key part of this mission.

You can read the full declaration here.

You can contact us here to find out more about our anaerobic digestion services.