landfill bio methaneOrganisations from sectors including agriculture, renewable energy, utilities and finance have written to the COP26 President Alok Sharma asking for his support towards unlocking the Anaerobic Digestion (AD) industry’s potential to address climate change and boost economic growth across the UK by transforming organic wastes into valuable bioresources.

The letter, signed by 19 organisations, urges Minister Sharma to become an advocate for improving waste management in the UK in the fight against climate change, by ensuring that all organic wastes are captured and transformed into valuable bioresources through anaerobic digestion technology – which gets the most out of such material – in order to rapidly decarbonise UK’s key industries such as transport, heat, agriculture and food and drink.

The group also ask for an immediate commitment to swiftly develop a policy framework for the AD sector to enable the industry to thrive and support the UK’s Net Zero and Global Britain ambitions, in particular addressing methane emissions this decade - and it's practical utilisation within the energy sector.

The UK is currently missing a huge opportunity to build on an existing UK success story”, they write. “By turning all its organic wastes into bioresources, the AD industry could help:

  • The UK achieve carbon neutrality, including delivering 30% of the 5th Carbon Budget shortfall
  • Build back greener by creating 60,000 green jobs this decade
  • Bring over £5bn of private sector investment
  • Boost the UK’s exports to a $1trn global industry growing exponentially
  • Support the UK’s agriculture sector and food and drink industry.”

With the letter to Mr Alok Sharma, the signatories seek the COP26 President’s support in unlocking the industry’s potential as fast as possible – thus helping place the UK at the heart of the fight against climate change as well as realise the government’s vision for an environmentally responsible and economically strong “Global Britain”..

The 19 signatories to the letter are: ADBA; Biogen; CCm Technologies; CNG Fuels; Country Land and Business Association (CLA); Energy Networks Association (ENA) ; Evonik Industries ; Food and Drink Federation (FDF); Gas Vehicle Network (GVN); GFD; Grissan; Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers (IGEM); National Farmers Union (NFU); Northumbrian Water; Privilege Finance; Scotch Whisky Association (SWA); Severn Trent; SGN and United Utilities.

In my last blog I called for more effort on energy from wastes. I showed some nice pictures of Anaerobic Digester Plant in the Czech Republic. Who listens? Not many, I was not bold enough in my delivery..

So lets show what wastes we are talking about:

Waste destinations
This is where London sends at least 50% of their DOMESTIC wastes
London is a great example. It generated hundreds and thousands of tons per year of domestic waste plus a further 16 million tons of commercial wastes (including construction materials). No, that is a lot of stuff.

pro conceptProponents of clean energy will soon have a new source to add to their existing array of solar, wind, and hydropower: osmotic power. Or more specifically, energy generated by a natural phenomenon occurring when fresh water comes into contact with seawater through a membrane.

Researchers at EPFL's Laboratory of Nanoscale Biology have developed an osmotic power generation system that delivers never-before-seen yields. Their innovation lies in a three atoms thick membrane used to separate the two fluids. The results of their research have been published in Nature.