It is reported that fifty senior industry and NGO executives met Defra ministers on 16 July to discuss multi-million pound plans to make greater use of anaerobic digestion – the technology which produces energy from organic material like food waste and manure. The meeting heard that the process could produce enough electricity to power two million homes. The anaerobic digestion demonstration programme will be delivered through a capital grant competition run by WRAP with assistance from the Carbon Trust. It will seek to fund between three and six projects that demonstrate the different benefits of anaerobic digestion.  Water UK welcomed the announcement, commenting that there is also significant potential for expansion by co-digesting sewage with biodegradable material from other sectors. It stated that water companies will cooperate actively with other sectors to remove the barriers to AD and build on the water industry’s existing infrastructure, experience and expertise in support of the Government’s vision.

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