As well as its trade show UK AD & Biogas, which brings together the whole industry under one roof to do business and share best practice, ADBA holds events to engage with key groups such as the hospitality, farming and transport sectors in order to increase awareness of the benefits of AD and a circular economy. It also produces a free bi-monthly magazine “AD & Biogas News” which provides the latest news from the industry, as well as insightful features and columns on the topical issues affecting it.
Anaerobic digestion is a key process for developing a circular economy. By linking up and closing the loop on the previously linear processes of sending organic waste to landfill, using fossil fuels for energy and making fertiliser to grow food from fossil fuels and water, anaerobic digestion is able to tackle waste, energy, sustainable food production and nutrient recycling challenges in a sustainable and circular manner. All of ADBA’s work focuses on growing the AD industry so that these benefits are felt more widely and the potential of what is possible is more widely understood.
ADBA aspires to help more organisations understand the financial and environmental benefits of recycling their organic waste through anaerobic digestion and how this fits in with the wider benefits of a circular economy. It believes that in helping organisations to see the opportunities for reducing costs, as well as helping the environment, there is a greater likelihood that such behaviour will not be seen as a choice but rather a necessity.
Whether a company intends to build their own AD plant to benefit from the energy and digestate or simply separate their organic waste and send it to AD, there are potential cost savings to be made. Simply being aware of what is being wasted, by separating food waste from other waste streams, allows for changes to be made and costs to be reduced. The wider the understanding of these commercial benefits the greater the uptake of AD will be.