It has been suggested that biogas could be the solution to decarbonising the heating sector.
Biogas obtained through British domestic and industrial waste, food and sewage can provide enough sustainable energy to heat up to 15 million homes per year.
The suggestion comes from gas distribution network Cadent who see the move as an important step in decarbonising the heating of homes and businesses.
Cadent states that the waste would be sent to 80 existing biogas plants, as well as to potential new sites that would be required to cope with demand.
With further indications showing that biogas production is likely to increase considerably in the next 30 years.
The reported billions of pounds of savings accrued would be measured against the cost of electricity used to heat homes and businesses.
These savings equate to over £10,000 per customer over the next 30 years.
Over 15 million tonnes of waste was sent to landfill or exported in 2015. It is claimed that in future, the majority of this could be used to create biogas.
Cadent’s Director of Network Strategy, David Parkin said: “In its Clean Growth Strategy, the government indicated that it would be exploring the potential of renewable gas and we are keen to work with them on this.”
“With the right policies in place, renewable gas could play a significant role in helping the UK meet its carbon reduction targets, particularly in heat and transport, which are lagging behind electricity.”
“Alongside other green energy solutions, renewable gas offers us an affordable, sustainable route to heat our homes and fuel transport, while tackling climate change, and contributing towards more sustainable waste management and cleaner air.”