Deck the halls with biomethane

More households will be cooking their turkeys this Christmas with green gas this Yuletide than ever before, according to the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA).

According to the ADBA, the quadrupling of biomethane-to-grid plant numbers from 10 to 40, mean more households are cooking with home-grown green gas than ever before. 

The ADBA claim the anaerobic digestion industry generates 31,000m3/hr of biomethane alone, which is enough energy to cook every Christmas dinner in the UK on Friday. 

“The UK can have a clearer carbon conscience as they tuck into their Christmas turkey this year,” said the ADBA’s Chief Executive, Charlotte Morton.

“A quadrupling in biomethane deployment in 2015 means the industry can generate enough green gas to cook the Christmas dinner for every household in the UK - and it has done so while creating jobs, improving energy security, decarbonising our heat and farming sectors, enhancing farm resilience and improving food production. 

“With an early Christmas present for the industry in the form of a re-commitment to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) over the next five years, biomethane capacity will continue to expand and generate the additional indigenous gas to heat our homes and to keep warm food on our tables,” added Ms Morton.

“There’s plenty on our Christmas wish list to ensure that anaerobic digestion capacity continues to grow, but for now industry can toast its achievements in 2015.”  

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government and energy issues