Defra welcomes recommendations of anaerobic digestion task group

Posted: Thursday 20th August 2009

Environment Minister Dan Norris has welcomed the publication of the recommendations of the Anaerobic Digestion Task Group on developing an Anaerobic Digestion Implementation Plan.

Anaerobic digestion breaks down organic matter, such as animal manure and food waste to produce biogas - a renewable energy source for heat, power and transport. Using anaerobic digestion also keeps organic waste out of landfill, which in turn cuts greenhouse gas emissions.

The task group, made up experts from a wide range of organisations and chaired by Steve Lee, Chief Executive of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, has set out its recommendations for practical action to achieve a major increase in anaerobic digestion across the country. This can make an important contribution to the Government’s Renewable Energy Strategy and Low Carbon Transition Plan announced today by Ed Miliband, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.

Commenting on the task group’s recommendations, Mr Norris said:

“I’m very appreciative to Steve Lee and the other members of the task group for producing this important set of recommendations. Their work will make a very significant contribution on how we take forward this innovative technology. Anaerobic digestion has the potential to enhance the green economy while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and waste going to landfill. The organic waste can also be used to provide heat, power and transport fuel.

“We’ll look carefully at all the recommendations and respond to them fully later this year.”

The Anaerobic Digestion Task Group was set-up in February 2009 following the publication of ‘Anaerobic Digestion – Shared Goals’ which set shared national ambitions for anaerobic digestion, both nationally and within individual sectors, and has been endorsed by 58 organisations.

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