The UK’s On-farm Anaerobic Digestion Community has been working in the last few days to publicize the many benefits of their process which produces biogas. Government seed funding of biogas plant projects can help in a big way, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fuel use, in provides jobs, and reduces waste sent to landfill. All these are benefits that it has been publicizing to the government ahead of the annual budget statement later today. The continued adoption of anaerobic digestion, and in particular on-farm anaerobic digestion at small farms at the rate that these plants were being commissioned last year, would maintain a growth surge which it is important continues, so that the UK can meet its commitment to reducing its Carbon Dioxide emissions.
The urgency for reducing Carbon Dioxide emission reductions globally, could not be more urgent. The rise in average global temperatures this winter has been faster than ever before, in over 100 years of collecting climate data in the UK. As if that was not bad enough, the month of February saw the highest monthly rise in global temperatures ever recorded, pointing out the need for vastly more of the green sustainable energy, which the anaerobic digestion process provides. Read on and read our 3 example articles below, which show how The UK’s On-farm Anaerobic Digestion Community has been publicizing their industry, and how very welcome research funding is already in place for the next 5 years, some of which will be spent on new biogas technology research:
Farmers Rally to Support On-farm Anaerobic Digestion at UK Parliament
Government to invest record £26 billion in science by 2021
The Government has announced that it will be investing £26.3 billion in science up to the year 2021. This is approximately £6bn per year.
This funding is key to the long-term success of the Anaerobic Digestion [AD] sector, as research funding to Anaerobic Digestion researchers via bodies like the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is secured. Funding to Innovate UK, the body intended to fund innovation to move research into the commercial world, has already been largely secured for this Parliament.
Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson said:
“From the invention of the lightbulb to the creation of the world wide web, UK scientists have been instrumental in many of the world’s most significant discoveries, and we are determined to continue this legacy on a global scale. In a time of tight control over public spending, we have guaranteed record investment for UK scientists so they can help us tackle climate change, produce disease-resistant crops and cure rare diseases. The government is delivering a decade of sustained investment in science. As long as scientists continue to discover, innovate, and drive economic growth, we will continue to stand right behind them.”
There would clearly never have been an Anaerobic Digestion industry without scientific understanding, particularly in the biological and engineering fields. So, this news must be welcome as funding streams supporting AD [and on-farm anaerobic digestion] can be continued. The industry is in need of further research breakthroughs as we grapple with a fast-changing policy environment. via Government to invest record £26 billion in science by 2021