Anaerobic Digestion

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 27th April 2011.

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Photo of Zac Goldsmith Zac Goldsmith Conservative, Richmond Park

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assistance her Department is providing for the development of farm co-operatives to enable farm-scale anaerobic digestion.

Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Government are committed to increasing energy from waste through anaerobic digestion (AD) to produce, for example, heat, electricity and transport fuels. This work is led by DEFRA, working closely with the Department of Energy and Climate Change and other Government Departments.

Steps which the Government believes need to be taken to achieve this goal are set out in the AD Framework document, published in November 2010. The project aims to facilitate collaborative work between industry, Government and a wide range of interested parties to identify barriers to the uptake of AD, and key actions that can be taken forward by industry or in partnership.

The project will cover issues relating to all AD models and technologies, which will include on-farm plants and community AD.

An AD strategy document is set to be published in the second quarter of 2011.

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