On-farm anaerobic digestion uptake barriers and required incentives: a case study of the UK East Midlands region

Ackrill, R. ORCID: 0000-0002-0739-1812 and Abdo, H. ORCID: 0000-0001-9279-0035, 2020. On-farm anaerobic digestion uptake barriers and required incentives: a case study of the UK East Midlands region. Journal of Cleaner Production, 264: 121727. ISSN 0959-6526

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On-farm anaerobic digestion (AD) can deliver renewable energy, improved management of farm wastes and the production of fertilizer, offering cost-savings, environmental improvements and potentially also revenue generation. The research reported here provides an in-depth exploration, in the UK's East Midlands region, of the factors behind the limited uptake of on-farm AD, compared with other on-farm renewable energy sources, and what stakeholders would like to see to change this. Data collection has been undertaken in three stages – a questionnaire sent to farmers, 18 interviews with stakeholders from the industry and policy sides of the AD debate, and a stakeholder workshop. The many barriers identified were grouped into political and institutional, AD awareness, and economic and technical. A range of incentives and policy responses are identified to increase on-farm AD uptake, notably coordinated information gathering and dissemination, streamlined planning processes, improved access to finance, and stable policies.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Cleaner Production
Creators: Ackrill, R. and Abdo, H.
Publisher: Elsevier
Date: 10 August 2020
Volume: 264
ISSN: 0959-6526
S0959652620317741Publisher Item Identifier
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 07 May 2020 13:35
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2020 10:41
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/39806

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