Hit the gas: how to get the anaerobic digestion sector moving

Hit the gas coverThomas Brooks and Quentin Maxwell-Jackson
July 2012

With the EU Renewable Energy Directive's deadline looming, the UK needs to act fast to mitigate its energy dependence. If the UK is to meet the 15 per cent renewable energy sources target in 2020, it must revolutionise the way it produces energy and reduces its waste.

This report argues that an efficient and sustainable way to achieve these goals is through greater use of Anaerobic Digestion (AD). Producing renewable energy from waste and purpose grown crops, AD currently produces enough energy to power 300,000 homes, and the authors estimate that this could easily grow to 2.5 million households by 2020.

CentreForum hopes to contribute to this progress by first demonstrating the advantages of AD, outlining the various barriers to AD growth that currently exist in the UK, and finally proposing a systematic framework of incentives, education and government regulation to harness this potential.

Download the report.

"The government is committed to promoting an increase in energy from waste schemes through anaerobic digestion. CentreForum's report offers some interesting ideas for how this increase can be achieved."

- Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

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