Green Gas Report (pdf, 2.01 MB)
We knew that our Green Gasmills were going to be a revolution in gas, but we wanted to see just how much potential they really had. So we commissioned a study to look into this.
The results were better than we could have imagined. The report found that green gas made from grass could potentially power 97% of Britain’s homes, employ 75,000 people and inject £7.5 billion into the rural economy every year.
Green gas will cut carbon emissions, help Britain to become energy independent, support food production by improving soils, create wildlife habitats, and support farmers who will lose EU subsidies as a result of Brexit.
And these are long term targets – in the short term, green gas can play a key role in helping to meet our 2020 renewable heat target by delivering 12% of heating demand.
You can read the full Green Gas Report here:
Or, you can download our shorter summary of the Report here:
As long as it’s not competing with food production, green gas like this project can be really helpful in getting UK on to a cleaner and lower carbon path. Agriculture need not simply be part of the problem in tackling climate change, but shows innovation can mean it’s part of the solution, and improve wildlife habitat at the same time.
Chief Scientist and Policy Director of Greenpeace UK
The sooner we can stop using gas from fossil sources, the greater our chances of avoiding runaway climate change. Right now, we’re still very dependent on gas to heat our homes – and we need as much of it as possible to come from biological sources, rather than from fossil fuels. So it’s really good to see Ecotricity’s latest Green Gas initiative in this incredibly important area.
As the UK ratifies the Paris climate agreement, we must not start up a new fossil fuel industry by backing fracking. We welcome every effort to help people heat their homes without relying on fossil fuels. Energy produced from agricultural and food waste will play an important part in a low-carbon future, and experiments in the use of other renewable and widely available biodegradable materials, such as in Ecotricity’s Green Gas Mills, could be a step in the right direction. We look forward to seeing how the Mills can work to generate energy, support farmers and encourage positive uses for marginal and fallow land without compromising food production.
Friends of the Earth Energy Campaigner