UK: ADBA National Conference 2015

The key event organised by ADBA will gather national experts on 3 December in London, UK.

Notwithstanding the aftermath of the general election and November’s spending review, the seventh ADBA National Conference will outline a strategic vision to build a world class anaerobic industry, capable of delivering baseload power at lower cost than nuclear, and decarbonising HGVs and buses, heating and farming, in total reducing the UK’s climate change emissions by 4%. This year’s agenda will pay particular attention to the impact of key government decisions on the Feed-in Tariff (FIT), the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and food waste collections on our strategy for building a world class industry, and look at how the industry can work with Government and the Committee on Climate Change to develop clear pathways to delivering all of our potential, improving the UK’s energy and food security in the process.

The anaerobic digestion industry has grown by over 600% outside of the water sector over the past five years and is now moving beyond the 400 plant industry milestone announced in July. To maintain this growth and to allow us to contribute cost-effectively to the UK’s energy needs and future carbon budgets, ADBA’s National Conference will bring together leading political and industry figures to evaluate the impact of crucial government decisions on RHI and FIT, and encourage the implementation of policy which: facilitates uptake in source-segregated food waste collections; incentivises biomethane for transport; avoids over-cumbersome bioenergy sustainability criteria; and mitigates the potential impact of the new Circular Economy package on the developing digestate market. In addition to crucial policy advice, the conference will include Q&A sessions, networking and table top exhibitions.

At this early stage, key speakers include: Chris Huhne, Strategic Advisor, ADBA (former Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change); Neil Parish MP, Chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) Select Committee; Steve Lee, Chief Executive Officer, The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM); Dr Richard Swannell, Director of Sustainable Food Systems, WRAP and many more.

More information on the Conference and registration can be found here.