Click here to go back to News listing.November 10, 2011
The expression “killing two rabbits with one shot” is probably one of the most popular sayings in the English language. Whilst “Anaerobic Digestion” is not an expression we use it on a daily basis, it could solve two of Britain’s biggest issues, waste to landfills diversion and energy security, killing two rabbits with one shot.
According to Lord Redesdale, who is the Chairman of the Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association (ADBA) and Vice-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Climate Change, Anaerobic Digestion (AD) could account for “20% of UK domestic gas needs could be met by organic waste over next 10 years”.
This would shift thousands of tonnes of food waste from landfills every year helping Britain get closer to its zero waste economy ambitions not to mention that it would address climate change issues too.
Source: The Encyclopia of Alternative Energy and Sustainable Living
There is no doubt that AD is one of the most viable waste management solutions available today and the study “A life cycle assessment of AD” confirms that. Compared to other ways of treating organic waste, anaerobic digestion achieves far greater carbon savings.
Last month (October 2011) the ADBA published a report with a list of financial schemes which are currently available for AD projects. Download the report here.
Besides a viable waste management solutions Anaerobic Digestion could also be considered a renewable energy resource since it produces a bio fuel or better saying a biogas that can then be used to produce electricity in gas fired powerplants.
AD alone might not prove the be answer to the UK’s energy and gas crisis but it could sure be an alternative to help diversify energy generation resources reducing dependence on foreign supplies which in turn could help bring business electricity and business gas prices down.
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