Importance of AD in Northern Ireland

Anaerobic digestion facilities have been recognized by the United Nations Development Programme as one of the most useful decentralized sources of energy supply, as they are less capital-intensive than large power plants.

With increased focus on climate change mitigation, the re-use of waste as a resource and new technological approaches which have lowered capital costs, anaerobic digestion has in recent years received increased attention among governments in a number of countries, among these the United Kingdom.



In Northern Ireland the Assembly has set an ambitious target of 40% of all electricity to be produced from renewable sources by 2020. Significant work needs to be undertaken in order to achieve this target as currently only 10% of all electricity is generated in this way. Northern Ireland is a major importer of fossil fuels with 98% of heat energy generated this way.

The reliance on fossil fuels has a significant environmental and economic negative impact, investment is required to ensure stability of supply. In response to this challenge in April 2010 the Northern Ireland Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) announced incentives paid to renewable energy projects would increase.

The increased incentives and the length of the contract opportunities is intended to attract investors into projects which help Northern Ireland cut its CO2 emissions and reduce its reliance on imports. Good projects can make a significant social and economic impact while producing good returns for the investor at a low level of risk.

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