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Economic value of biogas to be reiterated by ADBA to new UK Ministers

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The Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) is a trade association based in the UK representing over 300 organisations involved in anaerobic digestion (AD) and the bioresources industry. ADBA was established in late 2009 to help support the anaerobic digestion and bioresources industry with safety standards and create a high performing sector.

What is Anaerobic digestion?

Humans generate a lot of waste, such as food waste, which produces methane emissions into the atmosphere and later cause health-related issues. Anaerobic digestion converts some waste materials into valuable bioproducts such as bio-fertilisers. With the effective use of AD, the United Kingdom can reduce its gas emissions by at least 6%.

In February, Boris Johnson reshuffled his cabinet, which led to Alok Sharma being appointed the Secretary of State for Business and George Eustice as the Secretary of state for the Department of environmental and rural affairs department. Alok was also announced as the new president for COP26.

Alok Sharma, born on the 7th of September 1967, was the minister of state for Housing in the UK from 2017 to 2018. He then became the secretary of state for international development, eventually promoted to the Secretary of State for Business in 2020 after the UK cabinet reshuffle.

Alok Sharma is now the full-time president of the COP26 (Conference of the Parties annual 26th submit). Sharma went on to negotiate the Glasgow Climate Pac.

Some of the points discussed in this were:

  • UK’s plan to cut emissions by the year 2030.
  • To reduce coal plants globally.
  • To create a fund that will assist poorer countries in reducing carbon emissions that impact climate crises.

Charles George Eustice, born on the 28th of September 1971, is now the UK’s Secretary of State for the environment. Charles filled this new position after the reshuffle of the UK cabinet in February 2020. He was the Director of Communications at conservative campaign headquarters in the UK before this role.

With the new appointments of Sharma & George Eustice, ABDA once again wants to discuss the benefits of biogas that will help reduce carbon emissions within the UK.

The ABDA chief executive, Charlotte Morton, congratulated Mr Sharma and Mr Eustice for their new roles. He also said that with the recent ministerial changes, ABDA must put in extra effort to convey to the new policymakers the potential biogas has in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Charles stated the following:

  • The UK must show strong leadership and commitment to environmental issues
  • The UK must showcase its strategy that has been put in place to meet net-zero emissions by 2050.
  • Charlotte strongly believes that without biogas, the UK will not achieve the vision of net-zero emission by 2050.

Charlotte said, “We are determined to demonstrate the huge contribution that AD – a mature, ready to use technology – can make towards achieving the UK’s goals.”


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