It turns waste into a resource. Instead of sending waste to landfill, we can use it to produce energy and fertiliser.
It produces fuel. Biogas can be used instead of fossil fuels.
It produces fertiliser. Fertilisers are made from fossil fuels. The digestate from this can replace some synthetic fertilisers.
It reduces our carbon footprint. The methane produced during AD is burned as fuel, and therefore releases CO2 into the atmosphere. Because it comes from biomass, this does not contribute to climate change. However, if the same waste was left to degrade in a landfill site, the methane produced could escape into the atmosphere: methane has a global warming potential 23 times larger than that of CO2. Therefore, harvesting and using methane from biomass can help to prevent climate change.
It can benefit many different people. AD potentially benefits the local community, the environment, industry, farmers and energy entrepreneurs and government.