Ludlow date to learn more about anaerobic digestion

Farmers and industry are invited to see first-hand the role on-farm anaerobic digestion (AD) can play on farms in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, being self-sufficient in energy, creating an alternative income and improving waste management at an open day taking place at Barrett’s Mill AD plant on Evergreen Gas’ demonstration site at Ludlow, Shropshire, on Wednesday, June 18.

As well as focusing on the benefits of small-scale AD, the findings of an RASE report “Re-Fuelling the Countryside” will be discussed.

British agriculture represents around 8% of all UK transport greenhouse gas emissions, coming from farm transport and other fossil-fuel driven machinery. Farms have the potential to be a significant source of renewable energy and transport fuel generation. Biogas offers huge potential as a vehicle fuel through its ability to offset and future proof against the cost of conventional fuels.
 
The RASE report outlines the opportunities and benefits for farmers and rural businesses in producing and utilising low-carbon, renewable fuels, identifies barriers limiting uptake and development by technology providers and recommends actions for policy makers in a number of areas.
 
In 2012, Evergreen Gas received a grant from WRAP (a body set up in 2000 to assist businesses, local authorities, communities and individuals reap the benefits of reducing waste, developing sustainable products and using resources in an efficient way) under the Developing Innovation in Anaerobic Digestion (DIAD) scheme to look at small-scale biogas upgrades for vehicle fuel. This upgrading plant is the first of its kind in the UK.
 
As well as viewing this upgrading plant, farmers and industry will have the opportunity to hear about other case studies that were identified in the report.
 
The event is free to attend and will include a light lunch. Registration is required in advance, and for more information contact Charlotte Johnston at: charlottej@rase.org.uk

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