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ADBA Scottish Conference 2023

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September 19, 2023


Edinburgh, United Kingdom


The Scottish government is doubling down on its efforts to deliver the country’s ambitious net zero targets, with the aim to be net zero by 2045, five years ahead of the overall UK target.

A root and branch review of strategies is underway, with a dedicated review of bioenergy as part of the push to accelerate the just transition. Following the publication earlier this year of the Scottish Government’s draft Energy Strategy and Just Transition Plan, further Just Transition plans are set to be published for transport, agriculture and the built environment – the sectors responsible for the bulk of Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions.

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.

ADBA’s Scottish Conference will be the first opportunity to take a deep dive into the role envisaged for biomethane. This will consider the emerging opportunities for AD (Anaerobic Digestion) and biogas development presented by the rebooted Climate Change plan. The Scottish Government has been explicit that its key priorities are to decarbonise transport, heat in buildings, agriculture and energy systems. These are all areas where accelerated AD development can deliver positive results.

AD also aligns to the government’s environmental aims to address air quality and biodiversity restoration and develop a circular economy, with the biocycle in the vanguard of a just transition.

The ability of AD to recycle organic wastes and produce renewable energy, renewable organic fertiliser, renewable transport fuel and bio-CO2 for carbon capture and use or storage give the technology widespread application.

Timed in advance of the Scottish Government’s ‘Climate Week’ in September, this conference will consider the role AD can play in reducing input costs for farmers and food and drink manufacturers while reducing their carbon footprints and protecting the environment; the envisaged role for biomethane in decarbonising energy systems and alignment with hydrogen and further bio-refining; the technology’s role at the heart of circular cities, addressing zero food waste, heat networks and wastewater treatment; how biomethane can be used as transport fuel to decarbonise HGV transport; and how to optimise revenues from carbon pricing and biomethane certificates and emerging ecosystem services market.

With keynote speakers from the Scottish Government and executive agencies, and case studies highlighting the art of the possible and technical and process innovations to increase revenues, this conference is the one-stop shop for operators and developers to gain the latest insight into the AD sector in Scotland. There is no net zero without biogas.

Please note tickets are non-refundable.