Press Release - NNFCC Publishes 2019 Anaerobic Digestion Deployment in the UK Report

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Press Release, 30th April 2019: NNFCC publishes sixth annual ‘AD Deployment in the UK’ report

York, 30th April 2019: Today we have published the sixth edition of our annual ‘Anaerobic Digestion Deployment in the UK’ report. The publication provides a detailed breakdown of the UK AD sector on both a national and regional basis, using primary data to offer an accurate reflection of industry output capacities and feedstock consumption.

AD deployment in the UK has slowed significantly over the past year compared to previous years. The number of operational AD plants outside the sewage treatment sector has now risen to 486, an increase of just 13 on April 2018. Over the same period, the number of projects undergoing development has increased from 326 to 343.​

Lucy Hopwood, Lead Consultant for Bioenergy at NNFCC says:

“It’s clearly been a year of change, but the latest deployment figures don’t reflect the level of activity we’ve seen in recent months.

The very modest growth of operational facilities is a result of the policy hiatus surrounding both the FIT and more notably, the RHI in early 2018. As anticipated policy announcements were delayed, developments stalled and only started to move again once the amended regulations were implemented and tariffs were confirmed.

Although growth has been somewhat slower than expected over the past year, the reinstatement of RHI tariffs and the introduction of RHI tariff guarantees for both biomethane injection and large-scale biogas combustion has generated a flurry of recent activity. The number of applications for tariff guarantees and FIT pre-accreditations suggests things could pick-up again over coming months.

With 96 BtG projects now operational, including 12 in the water industry, we’re expecting to pass the 100 mark later this year - a notable figure and something the industry should be proud of considering the first edition of this publication reported just five operational BtG facilities.”

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Where to access the report

The report is available to buy on the NNFCC website, either outright or as part of a business support package. For further information please contact Lucy Hopwood, the report author at

Sustainability guidance from NNFCC

Whilst tracking the market landscape, NNFCC have been helping AD and bioenergy clients understand what new policies mean for their business and how to strengthen their supply chain, to be resilient to increasingly stringent sustainability policy. We have developed a user-friendly carbon calculator for biogas and biomethane producers to demonstrate compliance with sustainability criteria, for RHI, RO, or RTFO (in line with policy guidance).

NNFCC’s Biomethane & Biogas Carbon Calculator deals with the complexities of multiple feedstocks and is excel-based, making it easy to use, robust and transparent. It also graphically highlights where weaknesses lie in supply chains and where to focus efforts on reducing emissions, to comply with regulation as it is inevitably set to tighten in the future. Access options for the Biomethane & Biogas Carbon Calculator can be found here.

Notes to Editors

NNFCC Ltd is a specialist bioeconomy consultancy based in York, the UK.  Established by the UK government in 2003 as the National Non-Food Crops Centre, NNFCC has grown to become a leading independent consultancy focused on understanding biorenewable markets and technologies. They provide global clients with a holistic view of feedstock, technology, policy and market development across the bioeconomy, enabling informed business decisions and sustainable business strategies.  NNFCC also provides technical, market and policy expertise on the conversion of biomass and waste to bioenergy, biofuels and biobased products to the UK government.  See more at

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