ADBA celebrates 10th anniversary of supporting AD industry
The UK Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) has celebrated its 10th anniversary of supporting the anaerobic digestion (AD) industry.
The organisation was set up by Lord Redesdale and 10 founding members to ‘remove barriers’ to the expansion of the AD sector and to help develop industry best practice. Within weeks of its launch, ADBA hosted its first national conference and a few months later, the first AD-specific trade show in the UK, which welcomed 65 exhibitors.
ADBA went on to support members with trade events and market reports, operational guidance publications and awards to praise industry pioneers. The organisation has also lobbied the government and worked closely with members and stakeholders to secure policy incentives and investment for the AD industry.
In her role as chief executive, Charlotte Morton has overseen ADBA facilitating a 350% growth in the sector, with around 650 plants being commissioned, a workforce increasing to between 3,000 and 4,000 people, and a capacity reaching nearly 1GW of electricity-equivalent – enough to power 1.2 million homes. According to ADBA, AD has been able to reduce UK greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by more than 1% so far. It is hoped with continued policy and funding support, this figure could rise to 5%.