NAWDO chair encourages local authorities to engage with anaerobic digestion

This year the UK’s biggest dedicated AD and biogas event, UK AD & Biogas (3-4 July, NEC Birmingham), will highlight the significant contribution that anaerobic digestion (AD) can make to local authorities and communities with the potential to deliver annually £1.5bn worth of renewable gas at today’s gas prices – equivalent to 10% of the UK’s domestic gas demand - at the same time as driving down costs and emissions from transport and landfill.

Free to attend, this two-day trade show and conference, organised by ADBA, will provide local authorities with all they need to know about the business case for building their own AD plant, or collecting food waste separately and sending for treatment through AD, how to implement and design collection systems that work for their community, valuing their food waste feedstock, managing on-going operations, and discussing how to make best use of the outputs from an AD plant.

John Woodruff, Head of Waste Services Bromley Council, Chair NAWDO, said:

AD is growing, and as local authorities look for more sustainable options for waste that trend is set to continue. The number of plants in operation has now passed 100 - this means that AD is becoming a serious option for more and more authorities and communities.


Given how fast the market is moving and the rapid advances in technology and the range of materials that can be treated, it is more important than ever for local authorities to engage with the AD industry and find out how the technology could work for them.

Claire Kneller, Special Adviser – Infrastructure Development, WRAP, said:

I’m pleased to confirm that WRAP will once again be exhibiting at UK AD & Biogas in July, as well as participating in the conference programme. We have always found the trade show to be an excellent opportunity to meet with our stakeholders from across the AD sector, especially from local authorities and we look forward to seeing you on stand E69 throughout the two days.

Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive, ADBA said:

Recent research from The Green Alliance showed that diverting food waste from landfill is worth over  £1bn when you take into account the avoided landfill tax and the value recovered from the renewable energy generated and recycled nutrients and organic matter. Waste food contains critical finite resources that are vital not only to help address food and energy security and wider economic growth, but also the profits and success of each individual business.

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