Anaerobic digestion can help UK reach renewable energy targets

DIANE YARROW | August 26, 2015

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The role of solar, wind and tidal power in achieving the EU’s target of creating 20% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020 is well known. However, the energy derived from waste in helping to meet these targets shouldn’t be dismissed. The last UK government estimated that the anaerobic digestion sector had the potential to use the UK's 100 million tonnes of organic waste to generate up to seven per cent of the country's renewable energy needs by 2020, and while voices within the sector suggest the industry is growing, enormous untapped potential remains.

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