|15/02/12 - ADBA Launches Free Farmers Advisory Service at Energy Now Expo|
|Non Government Decentralised Energy Press Releases - Biofuel/Biomass/Biogas|
ADBA Launches Free Farmers Advisory Service at Energy Now Expo
Today the Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association (ADBA) launches its new farmers’ consultancy service at The Energy Now Expo. The service, which is free of charge, will help farmers and landowners decide whether AD is a viable option for them to consider.
Farm-based anaerobic digestion (AD) presents an opportunity for UK farmers, growers and land managers to improve yields, create a new income stream, and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by generating their own renewable energy and biofertilisers.
Gwyn Jones, President of the National Farmers Union and ADBA board member said:
“AD is a pivotal mechanism in supporting climate smart farming but the viability of AD for a particular business or site is a complex equation and so it’s important that people receive good quality initial advice to help assess its feasibility. ADBA’s free farmers’ consultancy service is a good start in helping farmers find out if anaerobic digestion is right for your business.”
ADBA’s Chief Executive Charlotte Morton said:
“Farming is crucial to supporting the British economy and providing the food we need. Today’s farmers are facing a tough economic climate made even more challenging by soaring energy, fertiliser and transport costs. AD not only helps farmers to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by reducing dependence on commercial fertilisers and traditional transport fuels and energy consumption, but also helps keep farmers farming.
ADBA has launched this free service to give farmers, growers and land managers a better understanding of what is involved, giving them the confident to invest the time and money needed to develop a project proposal for funding.
AD enables farmers to make the best use of their resources, grow their businesses and protect the sustainability of British farming in the long term”.
If you are interested in finding out more please visit ADBA at Energy Now Stand No.3, where ADBA staff will be on hand to explain the details of the service and how to apply. Further information is available on the farmers’ consultancy page of our website www.adbiogas.co.uk.
Notes to Editors:
Further details on the service:
Details of the service can be found on ADBA’s website www.adbiogas.co.uk, including a one page enquiry form with a few simple questions designed to find out if AD could be right for your business. Once submitted one of ADBA’s member consultants will be in contact within 7 days. For farming businesses for which AD could be a viable option, a consultant will then provide an initial 30 minute telephone consultation, free of charge, followed by a free short advice note summarising the options.
Key facts you need to know about anaerobic digestion and biogas
· Anaerobic digestion (AD) is a natural process which converts organic matter such as household food and garden waste, farm slurry, waste from food processing plants and supermarkets, and sewage sludge, into biogas.
· Biogas (which is approximately 60% biomethane, 40% CO2) can be utilised to generate electricity and heat, or, upgraded to biomethane, either used as a transport fuel or fed directly into the UK’s gas grids
· According to the Carbon Trust the generation of biomethane would save twice as much carbon dioxide as producing electricity by 2020
· AD is the only renewable that can be scaled up fast enough to enable the UK to reach its 2020 renewable energy target
· The AD industry has the potential to be worth £2-3bn in the UK alone and employ 35,000 people
· Overseas potential is significant and the UK could be a world leader - with the right support now.
· AD reduces greenhouse gas emissions by treating organic wastes which would otherwise emit methane (landfill, slurries) and reducing our use of energy intensive commercial fertilisers and fossil fuels
· AD preserves critical natural resources such as Nitrates and Phosphorus. Phosphorous is a finite resource for which there is no known alternative. It is critical for plant growth and world resources are already running out. Nitrates are one of the key components of fertilisers.
· AD significantly improves Britain’s energy security - we will soon be importing over 70% of our gas
· Unlike other renewables, biomethane is generated constantly and can be stored in the gas grid
· Biomethane is one of the few renewable fuels for Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) which cannot run on electricity
· The AD industry has the potential to generate around 40TWh of energy, equivalent to over 10% of the UK’s domestic gas demand
Five facts you need to know about ADBA
· ADBA stands for The Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association
· The Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association was founded in September 2009
· Since its launch ADBA has acquired nearly 300 members, including AD plant operators, suppliers, local authorities, farmers including the NFU, utility and energy companies such as E.ON and United Utilities, food producers such as Waitrose and Branston, fleet operators such as Coca Cola and Howard Tenens.
· ADBA’s chairman is Lord Redesdale, former Liberal Democrat energy spokesman
· ADBA’s aim is to help enable or facilitate the development of a mature AD industry in the UK and to represent all businesses involved in the anaerobic digestion and biogas industries, to remove the barriers they face and to support its members to grow their businesses and the industry to help UK plc meet its renewable energy, climate change and landfill targets, as well as the preservation of critical natural resources.
Other interesting facts about digestate (a valuable biofertiliser) – and why source-segregation is important:
· 1.1% of the UK’s total GHG emissions come from the production of commercial fertilisers. Scotland estimates that it can replace as much as 25% of these from biofertilisers made from digestate
· To produce quality biofertilisers from digestate, it is important to source segregate food waste – source segregating waste streams at the kerbside results in quality, recycled products which have the greatest value
· The cost of commercial fertilizers is linked to the price of oil. Using biofertilisers made from quality (source-segregated) inputs will help keep food prices down
Costs and benefits of source-segregated waste collections
· Excellent work has been done demonstrating that source-segregating kerbside collections not only results in better quality recycled products but also costs less to collect and treat and results in less waste overall as people are more aware of how much they are throwing away
· Wasting food costs the average family with children £680 a year, or £50 a month, and has serious environmental implications too. If we all stop wasting food that could have been eaten, the CO2 impact would be the equivalent of taking 1 in 4 cars off the road.
· Example from Bexley Council: Swapped from weekly refuse/fortnightly recycling in 2008 to weekly recycling (food & garden comingled and mixed recyclables). As a result,As a result,
· 5,000t more went to the organic collection (food/garden waste)
· 5,000t more went to mixed recyclables (plastics/metals/glass/paper/card etc)
· And there was 18,000 t less waste left in their residual collection than the previous year
· Overall, there was 10,000 t less waste generated than in the previous year
· In terms of costs, the costs of collection were neutral but they saved £820,000 on disposal in first year and over £1m in second year
· There were just 20 complaints from 220,000 residents
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