In order to lock in the progress that this innovative industry has made over the last few years, ADBA is calling for three policies that all parties should include in their manifestos.
The legislation on the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) should be reintroduced as soon as possible in the next parliament with a commitment to increasing the RHI budget in order to continue production of clean energy and useful side products like biofertiliser.
There should be a commitment to legislation introducing separate food waste collections in England in order to divert waste away from landfill.
The Government should support UK farmers by restoring viable tariffs to the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) scheme and remove the AD capacity cap.
“The performance of local authorities and politicians on the ground can have an impact on how people vote nationally” said ADBA Chief Executive Charlotte Morton. There are levers that the Government can pull to make their job on the ground easier, and this is true when it comes to supporting the AD industry and sorting the problem of food waste collections in England.”
Local problems on what to do with food waste, as well as national ones on meeting our energy needs and cutting carbon emissions will come to a head in the next Parliament. With the right targeting support, AD can help solve many of these domestic issues, while boosting UK exports abroad.
ADBA will be taking these messages to the new Government as soon as it is in place, while also helping its members lobby their prospective parliamentary candidates over the coming weeks.