Labour’s Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Caroline Flint (pictured), yesterday (14 May) announced that the next Labour government will seek to accelerate the development of green gas technologies.
Flint called upon the UK’s gas industry to accelerate the roll out of green gas technologies to enhance energy security and cut greenhouse gas emissions – while remaining cost effective.
She said that the industry’s long-term prospects rested on its ability to help drive the “green industrial revolution”, through improvements in energy efficiency, shale gas, carbon capture and storage, and green biogas produced through anaerobic digestion.
She said that an incoming Labour government would seek to encourage the development of green gas technologies.
Charlotte Morton, ADBA – “Caroline Flint is right to recognise that this will also provide a solution for unavoidable food waste: maximising our industry’s potential will only be possible if the next government diverts food waste from landfill and ensures it is collected separately”
This could “improve our energy security, help us cut our carbon emissions and provide a solution to waste management as our landfill capacity declines,” she said.
Reacting to the news Charlotte Morton, chief executive, the Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association said: “Labour’s commitment to prioritise green gas is hugely welcome… Biomethane from anaerobic digestion has a huge role to play in increasing energy security and decarbonising difficult areas like heating and road transport.
“Caroline Flint is right to recognise that this will also provide a solution for unavoidable food waste: maximising our industry’s potential will only be possible if the next government diverts food waste from landfill and ensures it is collected separately.”
The anaerobic digestion and biogas industry will meet to discuss the sectors potential to deliver ultra low carbon gas and electricity, supporting green economic growth and jobs, energy security and helping the UK to meet its climate change and emissions targets, on 2-3 July at UK AD & Biogas 2014.