Farming News - ADBA welcomes Government response to Green Gas Support Scheme mid-scheme review

ADBA welcomes Government response to Green Gas Support Scheme mid-scheme review

The Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) welcomes the government's full outcome published today on the Green Gas Support Scheme (GGSS) Mid-Scheme Review. As announced in October 2023, the scheme will be extended by 3 years to 31 March 2028, providing continuity for the sector. 

"This is good news for the UK's growing green gas industry," said ADBA Chair Chris Huhne, welcoming the announcement. "The extension until 2028 gives investors and developers more long-term certainty to build new biogas plants. It also confirms other positive proposals we recommended in our consultation response last year." 

Aligning with ADBA recommendations during the Review, the outcome further endorses critical proposals including maintaining current tariff guarantees and commissioning deadlines, retaining the 50% waste feedstock threshold, and continuing requirements for responsible digestate management.  

"Biogas can play a key role in decarbonising the hardest-to-decarbonise sectors in the country" added Huhne. "With the right policy support, biogas can provide more energy than nuclear in 2031. We can build hundreds of biogas plants on time and on budget in the time it takes to announce another delay to a nuclear power plant. Moreover, green gas is easy to store and so it is a better back-up to cheap solar and wind." 

Today's announcement brings positive steps on multiple fronts, yet the work is far from done. ADBA looks forward to continuing engagement with the government on optimising policies and regulations to sustainably grow the UK's biomethane sector.