CCC CEO Chris Stark to address ADBA Conference

ADBA National Conference 2019The UK Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) has confirmed that Chris Stark, CEO of the UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC), will join the line-up of keynote speakers at the ADBA National Conference.

The conference, which will take place in London on 11 December, the day before the nation goes to the polls in the general election, will focus on issues that will need to be addressed by the next government, including addressing the climate emergency and achieving the UK’s net zero carbon by 2050 target – both issues that ADBA feels anaerobic digestion (AD) can make a significant contribution to.

CCC CEO Chris Stark to address ADBA Conference
CCC CEO Chris Stark
Joining Stark, who will appear in a ‘In Conversation with…’ session, will be other keynote speakers, including Stuart Roberts, Vice-President of the National Farmers' Union (NFU), who will review the NFU's recent ‘Achieving Net Zero – Farming's 2040 Goal’ report, in which AD delivers the biggest contribution, and Hilary Tanner, Policy Adviser at the Local Government Authority (LGA), who will share the LGA's views on the implementation of mandatory separate food waste collections and how biogas and biomethane can be utilised by local authorities.

ADBA will use its conference to look ahead to the next 10 years – the most critical in the fight against the climate crisis – and how AD can be rolled out now to cut emissions in some of the hardest to decarbonise sectors of our economy. Entitled ‘There's no Net Zero without Biogas’, the conference will feature sessions discussing:

  • How to realize the full potential of AD in the climate emergency decade
  • The role of AD in developing a Net Zero circular economy
  • Delivering sustainable heat and transport through AD

The conference will also cover more operational aspects such as optimising the use of digestate and the financial impact of replacing and/or upgrading equipment.

Expert panellists will include:

  • Dr Keith Simons, Principal Scientist, SHV Energy
  • Jonathan Scurlock, Chief Advisor, Renewable Energy, NFU
  • Olivia Midgley, Editor, Farmers Guardian
  • David Hurren, CEO, Air Liquide
  • Alan Midwinter, Head of Renewable Development, SGN
  • Amaya Arias-Garcia, Engineering Design Manager, Suez
  • William Mezzullo, Head of JLEN AD, Foresight Group

ADBA will also take the opportunity to celebrate its 10th Anniversary and reflect on the achievement of the industry over the past decade.

Charlotte Morton, ADBA Chief Executive, said: "Whilst we're very proud of the industry's achievements over the last 10 years, there is so much more that AD and biogas is needed to deliver, particularly in the context of the climate emergency. The next decade will be crucial if we are to fulfil our potential to decarbonise the UK economy and help achieve Net Zero targets, as well as food security through recycling the nutrients essential to food production. 

“We believe that the UK AD industry can reduce the UK's greenhouse gas emissions by five per cent annually by 2030. But it is urgent that we act now, and we are therefore delighted to welcome Chris Stark, Stuart Roberts and Hilary Tanner to our conference. We want to make this event a turning point in raising awareness of AD's potential among decision makers, movers and shakers and in securing the policy and financial support that the industry needs to flourish. Their presence will greatly help."

ADBA is offering a 15 per cent discount on delegate tickets to the conference. Just enter the code adbanatcon15 when registering.

You can view the ADBA National Conference 2019 full programme on the ADBA website.