Defra publishes AD progress report


There are 110 anaerobic digestion plants in the UK according to Defra with another 200 having planning permission.

This has been revealed in Defra’s latest Anaerobic Digestion Strategy and Action Plan Annual Report 2012-13 that was published in August.


Since a baseline was set in September 2011 when there was just 68 AD plants, this has now increased to 110 according to Defra.

Of these, two operational AD plants in England are injecting gas into the grid.

In the past year, Defra has highlighted that a food waste portal has helped developers to identify and quantify potential feedstocks for AD.

It also notes that WRAP selected projects under the Driving Innovation in AD programme to take to demonstration phase and launched a second phase of the programme.

The updates also notes that DECC has consulted on extending the Renewable Heat Incentive for the use of heat from biogas plants and pre-accreditation for feed in tariffs was introduced.

In the past year, there has also been Green Investment Bank support for anaerobic digestion including publication of a market report.

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