Greater recognition of industrial biogas in Government policy
Clearfleau’s Richard Gueterbock has been leading an exercise to raise the profile of the on-site AD sector as part of the emerging BEIS Clean Growth Strategy. This comes at the same time as the Government publishes its Waste and Resources Strategy, which includes the delivery of a more circular economy.
Recently, Clearfleau and a number of other biogas companies and trade bodies met with BEIS officials to make the case for more support for on-site AD. The food industry should be at the heart not only of clean growth but also more efficient use of natural resources on manufacturing sites.
If British industry is to deploy innovative bio-economy and energy solutions to help facilitate industrial decarbonisation and adopt low carbon manufacturing solutions, it needs support from the Government. The BEIS Clean Growth Strategy must re-stimulate investment in resource efficiency and enhance the ability of British engineering companies to compete in a global marketplace for clean technology.
Responsible food companies want to do more to protect the environment, which has a direct bearing on the quality of their ingredients and their raw material supply. The message for BEIS policy-makers is that better use of processing residues will boost industrial efficiency and improve resource use within a more circular economy and can help combat climate change, protect our planet and enhance our rural environment. This includes extracting the latent energy from food wastes and industrial residues.
Following the meeting, Clearfleau co-authored a policy briefing note endorsed by the REA and the AD Network (funded by the BBSRC), which has now been submitted to BEIS for further consideration.