WRAP response to publication of Implementation Plan for Anaerobic Digestion

15th July 2009

WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) welcomes the publication of the Renewable Energy Strategy and a new draft plan to support Anaerobic Digestion (AD) in England.

The draft document, Developing an Implementation Plan for Anaerobic Digestion, recommends practical actions to achieve a significant increase in the development of AD processing facilities for food and other organic waste in England in support of the Renewable Energy Strategy.

Many of these recommendations build on WRAP’s work for Defra on providing capital support to AD projects, establishing demonstration trials and developing markets for products from digestion. WRAP is also pleased to be proposed as the organisation responsible for monitoring the progress of AD development.

In addition, a new forum has been set up by WRAP to help communication between the major stakeholders involved in the development of the AD industry. The forum (accessible via www.wrap.org.uk/ad) will act initially as a way of capturing feedback on the draft implementation plan. Please visit the website and let us know your views.

Dr. Richard Swannell, Director of Retail & Organics at WRAP said: “The Draft Implementation Plan has made some key recommendations which will stimulate the rapid development of the Anaerobic Digestion industry in the UK. WRAP is already working with industry to help develop Anaerobic Digestion infrastructure through, for example, our capital investment programme. We look forward to the Government’s response to the recommendations made in the plan.”

  • WRAP helps individuals, businesses and local authorities to reduce waste and recycle more, making better use of resources and helping to tackle climate change.
  • Established as a not-for-profit company in 2000, WRAP is backed by government funding from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • Working in seven key areas (Construction, Retail, Manufacturing, Organics, Business Growth, Behavioural Change, and Local Authority Support), WRAP’s work focuses on market development and support to drive forward recycling and materials resource efficiency within these sectors, as well as wider communications and awareness activities including the multi-media national Recycle Now campaign for England.
  • More information on all of WRAP's programmes can be found on www.wrap.org.uk