Are anaerobic digesters a net loss for the environment?

While news that the accidental release of material from an anaerobic digester (AD) plant resulted in a massive fish kill in North Devon's River Mole in early August has raised questions about the pollution risk of this technology, arguably the real battle over its future revolves around whether and how it can contribute to the UK’s low-carbon economy.

by James Fair
A biogas facility in the Cotswolds. Photograph: Photofusion/Universal Images Group via Getty Images
A biogas facility in the Cotswolds. Photograph: Photofusion/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

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