The Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) has announced the appointment of Grant Budge as Chief Executive Elect, to succeed Charlotte Morton, who will gradually withdraw from her ADBA Chief Executive role to focus on her position as head of the World Biogas Association (WBA).
Holder of a MEng (Hons) from Imperial College London, an MBA from Leeds University and a Masters in Renewable Solutions from the European Centre of Technology, Grant previously worked as Managing Director of Catalyst Consulting, a firm providing services to clients across clean/low emissions heat and power, mining and industrial technologies, asset management and operational improvement.
Grant is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and a member of the UK Science Council. During his career, he has been Vice Chairperson of the EU CCS network, has worked on Zero Emissions Platform working parties and was a member of the foundation industries (steel, glass, chemicals and ceramics) development team for the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. He is a peer reviewer for UK Research and Innovation (part of the UK government Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy).
Commenting on the appointment, current Chief Executive Charlotte Morton said: “We’re delighted to welcome Grant to lead the ADBA team while I transfer my attention fully to WBA as its Chief Executive. In have no doubt that with his extensive engineering background, experience and keenness to make a difference, Grant will be able to successfully support the UK anaerobic digestion and biogas industry reach its full potential by the end of the decade.”
“I am excited to be joining ADBA and begin work with the team,” Grant Budge commented. “I believe the Association has a unique role representing an industry supply chain in the UK that can add so much value to the global effort to mitigate the impact of climate change. I am keen to build on the foundations that Charlotte and the team have been putting in place to demonstrate and enable this value to be realised.”
Charlotte’s ambition at the helm of WBA is to help facilitate the deployment of the sector globally and to ensure it contributes fully to achieving the world’s net zero targets.
The Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) is the trade association for the UK anaerobic digestion (AD) and biogas industry. ADBA’s vision is to see the full potential of the UK AD industry realised by 2030 so that it can help the UK achieve its emissions targets and other policy goals, creating a truly circular economy. www.adbioresources.org
About the AD industry
- There are currently 686 AD plants operational in the UK.
- The entire industry digests approximately 46 million tonnes of organic material each year – organic material that would otherwise emit greenhouse gas if left untreated in landfill.
- An estimated 16.6 TWh of biogas is produced each year by the AD industry – this green gas is either used to generate electricity and heat via a combined heat and power (CHP) unit or upgraded to biomethane and injected directly into the national gas grid. This is enough to heat 1.3 million UK homes.
- The industry currently delivers 1% greenhouse gas savings in the UK every year.
- An estimated 4,800 people are currently employed in the AD and biogas industry in the UK.
- Fully deployed, by 2030, the UK AD and biogas industry expected to:
- create 30,000 direct and 30,000 indirect jobs
- save the UK 27m t of CO2 equivalent = taking 1/3rd of all cars off the road, by 2030.
- heat 4.5-6.4 million UK homes with the 8 billion m3 of biomethane generated.