UK: ADBA forecasts that Scotland’s anaerobic digestion industry grows by nearly 70% in a year

There are now 27 anaerobic digestion projects operational in Scotland, an increase of 69% from 12 months ago.

A further 43 have planning approval, with the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) forecasting that the sector could grow by 200% in the next two years.

Stephanie Clark, policy manager at Scottish Renewables, said: “These new ADBA figures show that anaerobic digestion is being taken extremely seriously by Scottish businesses. Increasingly, waste has value. The anaerobic digestion process recognises that, and turns things we don’t want, like food waste and farmyard slurry, into something we desperately need – clean, affordable electricity.”

Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive of ADBA, said: “With a commitment from government to support the technology to scale – a commitment which currently does not exist – anaerobic digestion can deliver baseload energy that is cheaper than new nuclear by the time Hinkley Point C is built, and that can help decarbonise UK heat, farming and transport.”

The amount of food thrown away in Scotland each year has fallen by 8% since 2009, while less than half of Scotland’s household waste was sent to landfill in 2014.

Source: Holyrood (Dods Parliamentary Communications)
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