Local innovation, global implications

The world's delicate climate balance is threatened by a gas at least 20 times more dangerous than CO2. Methane is a toxic greenhouse gas produced as food breaks down in oxygen-free environments like landfill sites. Global methane emissions from waste alone are estimated to be as high as 70 million metric tonnes a year.

Much of the 20-30 million tonnes of food waste produced annually in England and Wales still goes to landfill. But that's rapidly changing as EU and government-led initiatives step up the search for alternatives, while applying more and tougher regulations to landfill use.

Anaerobic Digestion (AD) is widely regarded as one of the leading solutions for the reduction of methane gas. That's where Local Generation comes in. For example, our first AD plant is reducing local landfill by as much as 30,000 tonnes a year, resulting in lower greenhouse gas emissions. And the green energy our plants produce will cut CO2 emissions that would otherwise be generated by fossil fuels.

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…the transition to a low-carbon economy offers substantial opportunities for those countries which act early. Such action will lay the foundations for more sustainable economic growth in future, driving future innovation and job opportunities, whilst supporting energy security and a cleaner, safer, quieter and more bio-diverse environment.

Lord Stern, Professor of Economics and Government at London School of Economics, and author of the influential Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change (2006).