NFU AD For Ludlow: Dr Ceris Jones, NFU

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Bioenergy West Midlands
Anaerobic Digestion Event and Site Visit
17th March 2009

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NFU AD For Ludlow: Dr Ceris Jones, NFU

  1. 1. Anaerobic Digestion for profitable farming and environmental gain Dr Ceris Jones NFU climate change adviser The NFU champions British farming and provides professional representation and services to its farmer and grower members
  2. 2. Energy security, food and climate change • Climate change • Crazy oil prices and energy security • An end to declining food prices, due to worldwide structural change, globalisation and new markets • Climate change, energy and food security are converging – threat or opportunity? The NFU champions British farming and provides professional representation and services to its farmer and grower members
  3. 3. Why this is important for farmers? • GHG emissions reductions UK GHG emissions • Challenging EU and UK targets for renewable energy Agriculture Energy • Agriculture is part of the solution to a industries public problem • Private sector also becoming an important driver - “low-carbon” food • AD offers multiple benefits Transport The NFU champions British farming and provides professional representation and services to its farmer and grower members
  4. 4. NFU policy on AD/biogas • AD is about more than just diverting waste from landfill; also a rural economic/diversification opportunity • Maximum benefit in terms of water quality and reducing GHG from livestock farming will be achieved by rolling out a large number of farm- based AD systems around the country The NFU champions British farming and provides professional representation and services to its farmer and grower members
  5. 5. Two likely scales: on-farm and waste-licensed • on-farm AD - manures and farm- based (silage) feedstocks, regulated under low-risk environmental permitting, income from energy sales only. • waste-licensed AD – multiple organic feedstocks, may still be based in rural locations but different business model (income from energy and gate fees). The NFU champions British farming and provides professional representation and services to its farmer and grower members
  6. 6. Regulatory and planning framework should recognise a range of models A. Large single farm AD, supplying own farm-based inputs and land-spreading digestate to own land B. Multi-farm cooperative or subcontracted AD operation, similar to above but typically involving 3-4 farms C. Centralised merchant AD facility; may receive manures/slurries but also charging gate fees for wastes diverted from landfill. Stricter regulation of digestate D. Large materials reclamation facility, accepting wide variety of wastes and incorporating AD as part of a wider process – maybe with bio-methane upgrading The NFU champions British farming and provides professional representation and services to its farmer and grower members
  7. 7. NFU policy recommendations on AD/biogas • regulatory framework must not inadvertently act as barrier to AD development at smaller, on-farm scale • urgent need to raise awareness of technology and waste/non-waste permitting framework with local planners and communities • government ETF demonstration programme should have focussed more on wide range of smaller plants utilising mostly agricultural inputs The NFU champions British farming and provides professional representation and services to its farmer and grower members
  8. 8. Conclusions – NFU Vision for „2020 AD‟ • Farm-based AD offers widespread environmental benefits – but more sensitive economics requires incentives and removal of barriers in order to deploy 1000 farm-based AD plants as contribution to Renewable Energy Strategy • Rural communities might also be served by 100+ larger waste-licensed AD facilities coupled to farm businesses – but need clear distinction. The NFU champions British farming and provides professional representation and services to its farmer and grower members
  9. 9. Thank you ceris.jones@nfu.org.uk The NFU champions British farming and provides professional representation and services to its farmer and grower members

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