In a newly uploaded web page, Friends of the Earth (FoE) are inviting to support anaerobic digestion
FoE call upon the Government to:
Stop taxpayers’ money being used to fund incinerators and demand investment in new biogas plants instead.
Anaerobic digestion (AD) is a biological process that produces biogas – rich in methane – from food and farm waste. The biogas can be used as a source of 100% renewable energy by:
* Feeding it into the gas grid.
* Burning it to generate electricity and supply heat for community heating schemes.
* Using it as a transport fuel.
FoE explain that:
AD has not been used much in the UK so far, but its climate benefits mean there is now a lot of interest in increasing its use. Lots of councils, companies and farmers are hoping to use it in the future.
Under the heading Up in smoke FoE continues:
But dozens of councils are planning to build large incinerators, which will require huge amounts of waste every year. These will burn food waste that could be anaerobically digested. This makes no sense in the fight against climate change.
Incinerators contribute to climate change, even if they also generate electricity by:
* Generating energy so inefficiently that their carbon dioxide emissions are worse than fossil fuel power stations.
* Burning materials that could be recycled, which would save energy.
Alternatives such as recycling and AD are much better for the climate than incineration.
Under the heading Misspent taxes FoE states:
The government is offering councils £2 billion of taxpayer funding to subsidise new waste plants.Much of this money is going to be spent on incineration unless we can change the Government’s mind.
FoE then provides a form letter addressed to Hilary Benn MP, Secretary of State for the Environment.