Anaerobic digestion process produces nutrient-rich biofertiliser that restores soils.
However, the lack of action on food waste collections in these plans must be seen as a “missed opportunity”.
"Incentives needed for farmers to use sustainable biofertiliser".
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In these times of almost total Brexit obsession, UK citizens must be thankful good to hear of any of the many badly need initiatives the UK needs, to tackle some really big environmental problems, being moved forward.
While the mainstream environmental news today in the UK today is all about Theresa May's measures to reduce the peril of Plastic Packaging waste to wildlife, the news we provide here msut be of equal importance, given that good soil quality is essential to agricultural production. We all have to eat!
Anaerobic digestion is the one process which can deliver on soil quality, while not simultaneously raising the nations energy demand and at the same time also raising carbon emissions.
Composting may produce great soil improvements as well, but can only be achieved on a large scale by the adoption of windrow methods which need energy consuming plant to accomplish and for guaranteed Animal-by-Products regulations compliance forced ventilation (eg in in-vessel composting tunnels) which is an even bigger energy consumer.
Therefore, this goal will mean more reasons for all types of biomass/ organic waste to be treated by the Anaerobic digestion Process.
Anaerobic digestion industry welcomes Environment Plan soil health goalADBA Press Release:
The UK’s anaerobic digestion (AD) industry has welcomed a target from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) for all of England’s soils to be “managed sustainably” by 2030, calling it “an important step in the right direction” towards restoring the UK’s soils.
Defra’s 25-year environment plan, published this morning, calls for “good nutrient management practices” in soil management and pledges to work with industry “to encourage the use of low emissions fertiliser”. It also pledges to create “meaningful metrics” to assess soil improvements and to “develop cost-effective and innovative ways to monitor soil at farm and national level”.
Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive of the Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA), said:
“The health of the UK’s soils is critical to allowing us to grow the food we need to feed our families. Defra’s aim to restore soil sustainability in England is an important step in the right direction, and the AD industry can play a key role in this through producing natural, low-emission biofertiliser in the form of digestate, which is high in vital nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium.
“The government now needs to provide meaningful incentives for farmers to buy and use biofertilisers that help to restore soils and reduce emissions from agriculture. Providing support for AD plants, which produce these digestate-derived biofertilisers, is therefore essential.”
Despite the environment plan covering resource efficiency and waste, there were no new commitments on separate food waste collections, which as many as half of local authorities in England still do not offer to residents.
AD plants recycle unavoidable and inedible food waste into renewable heat and power, low-carbon transport fuel, and biofertiliser, and have the potential to meet 30% of the UK’s domestic gas or electricity demand. Evidence from Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, which all have mandatory food waste collections, also shows that households and businesses that separate food waste tend to produce less waste due to greater awareness.
Charlotte Morton added:
“Despite rightly identifying recycling food waste as a ‘key priority’ in today’s plan, Defra’s failure to commit to rolling out mandatory separate food waste collections in England is a missed opportunity to reduce food waste levels and allow AD plants to produce the renewable energy, transport fuel, and biofertilisers that we as a country desperately need.
“With European Union members having recently committed to mandatory separate collection of biowaste (i.e. food waste) by 2025 and the UK devolved administrations already having rolled out such collections, England is lagging behind and losing out as a result. The consensus around the need for separate food waste collections in England is building, so we hope to see more concrete policies to support this development in the government’s forthcoming Resources & Waste Strategy.”