The UK Government has put in place a legally binding target to cut emissions by 80% by 2050.
To help meet this 2050 target the government introduced carbon budgets as part of the Climate Change Act 2008. The first four carbon budgets in law, cover the period from 2008 to 2027. In the fourth period (2023-2027) we are committed to halving the UK emissions relative to 1990 levels.
The UK Low Carbon Transition Plan, a published in July 2009, highlighted the importance of AD in tackling climate change by delivering clean, renewable energy. In addition to this, the 2011 Anaerobic Digestion Strategy and Action Plan published by the Coalition Government continues to promote the importance of continuing AD investment.
The UK is required to source 15% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020, to be made up from a combination of renewable electricity, heat and transport. Unlike other renewable energy technologies, AD can contribute to all three energy sectors, and as such will be key in aiding the UK in achieving its goals.