Ban on biodegradable waste entering landfill welcomed

With the government’s Committee on Climate Change recommending a ban on biodegradable waste entering landfill by 2025, landowners and investors are being encouraged to capitalise on anaerobic digestion (AD) to process biodegradable waste.

The Committee’s latest report, ‘Net Zero – The UK’s contribution to stopping global warming’, outlines that in order to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, a major expansion of renewable and low-carbon power generation is required, alongside the diversion of biodegradable waste from landfill.

“AD can play a pivotal role in helping the UK to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050,” says Phil Gerrard, CEO of specialist energy from waste funder, Privilege Finance.

“Not only does AD process biodegradable waste, reducing the associated emissions from landfill, it can also contribute substantial levels of low-carbon energy to the grid. There is significant scope for expansion of national AD infrastructure,” adds Phil.

The report highlights that many of the technologies and policies needed to meet these ambitious emission targets are already available in the UK, but more urgent action and support is needed at government level.

“AD technology has been proven over the last decade, and is one of the only renewable technologies that can provide energy 365 days of the year,” says Phil.

“However, in recent years the industry has been plagued by indecision from government over future support in the form of subsidy and technology innovation. This has inevitably led to a slowdown of new builds.

“As a funder, we made the difficult decision to continue to lend into the sector on the premise that there will be no further support from the government and that this lending will be increasingly into non-subsidised commercial projects.

“However, we hope to see policy changes in light of this report that will support the future of the AD industry as a significant contributor to the UK bioeconomy.”

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