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The Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association will host events in Belfast and Edinburgh in September.
As Northern Ireland and Scotland establish their respective strategies to achieve their energy transition towards Net Zero, ADBA will highlight the potential of anaerobic digestion (AD) and biogas/biomethane to support the decarbonisation of their economies.

Held on 7th September at the ICCC in Belfast, the ADBA Northern Ireland Conference will focus in particular on the role of biomethane in fulfilling the province’s ambition to become a biomethane powerhouse and net exporter. Northern Ireland aims to have a net zero gas grid by 2050 and this will require the development of ~150 biomethane production plants by then. The transition is seen as a key driver of economic growth and job creation across the region.

In addition to biomethane, the full day Conference will consider the revenue potential of CO2 and optimisation of digestate as part of a nutrient management system and gateway to further bio-refining and revenue streams.

A little less than two weeks’ later, on 19th September, ADBA will be in Edinburgh to highlight the value of AD and biogas in supporting the implementation of the Scottish Government’s Energy Strategy and Just Transition Plan. The Scottish Government is seeking to achieve a 75% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions against 1990 levels by 2030, with the Just Transition plans feeding into a five-year Climate Change Plan.
The ADBA Scottish Conference will represent the first opportunity to take a deep dive into the role envisaged for biomethane and the emerging opportunities for AD and biogas development that the Climate Plan offers for operators. The Scottish Government has been explicit that its key priorities are to decarbonise transport, heat in buildings, agriculture and energy systems and these are all areas where accelerated AD development can deliver positive results for the nation.