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ADBA’S EXECUTIVE DEBATE SERIES OFF TO A FLYING START


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ur first dinner debate, ‘Is it food v fuel or food and fuel?’, concluded that the AD industry needs to move the debate on sustainability and demonstrate that food and fuel production are


complementary rather than competing.


Held in central London under the Chatham House Rule, the event brought together farmers, farming bodies, AD operators, academics and NGOs. There was strong consensus that the UK should improve policies around soil protection and enhancement, and that well-managed AD can make a contribution to improving soil quality. Attendees also agreed that the industry needs to work closely with the next government to improve sustainability reporting and ensure it is fit for purpose.


“Future policy for the UK bioenergy sector will be an important issue for the next government, which needs to consider how sustainability should be measured, how to manage competing demands for land, and how to take into account biodiversity and wider environmental goals in any use of land,” said ADBA’s Chief Executive, Charlotte Morton.


‘Should we ban biodegradable waste from incinerators?’ was the topic of our second dinner debate, which saw attendees form a consensus on the


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“ADBA’s Members’ Meeting provided great industry insight for us into the progressive work the association is putting into a growing and interesting sector. The benefit that AD could bring to the waste and renewables market is clear and a growth of 622 per cent during 2014 is astonishing, considering the rate at which the waste market is moving.”


Stuart Minchin, Department Manager – Water & Environment, Matchtech


substantial potential of food waste as a vital resource for greener, smarter city designs. Leading representatives from AD operators, waste collection firms, residual waste treatment sites and waste management consultancies discussed whether food waste should be banned from incineration, and the role food waste can play in fuelling the technologies that will support sustainable urban design.


The debate also focused on the best mechanism to move waste up the hierarchy, and how the next government can combine ‘push’ factors, such as food waste collections, with ‘pull’ factors, such as support for biomethane in transport and digestate markets. Local authority budgets are tight, but attendees recognised that well-designed services with weekly food waste collections can reduce the frequency and cost of residual collection, while maintaining a high standard of service to residents.


Charlotte Morton stated: “Currently, only 12 per cent of the estimated 15 million tonnes of UK food and drink waste is recycled through AD. If we were to recycle all inedible food waste, the industry could produce over 9 TWh per year of biomethane – enough green gas to fuel 60 per cent of the UK’s buses. As it evolves, our industry also has the potential to deliver new high-value products such as biochemicals and bioplastics.”


“ADBA represents our interests to government, keeps us informed of any changes on regulatory matters through their member-only events, and provides numerous opportunities for networking with like-minded professionals. Being part of the only AD specific trade association is beneficial to our business.”


Ben Donaldson, National Sales Manager, Agraferm Technologies AG


“We receive a lot of useful information from ADBA and, for us, the annual UK AD & Biogas exhibition is the best AD event of the year.”


Jørgen Fink, Country Manager, Xergi


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