Plans for an Anaerobic Digestion plant in Jersey (FOI)
Plans for an Anaerobic Digestion plant in Jersey (FOI)Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 04 December 2023.
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In 2013, the States of Jersey embarked on a feasibility study for an Anaerobic Digestion plant. As part of this study the Annual Agricultural Statistics were used, however, they have not been published since 2018. Please provide the same statistics available for 2022, especially around agriculture land usage and animal stocks.
Also, what is the annual volume of bio solids both human and animal generated in Jersey that needs treatment?
The attached spreadsheets provide the livestock information currently held from 2002 to date.
Livestock statistics 2017 to 2023.pdf
Livestock Jersey Agricultural Statistics 2002 to 2023.xlsx
The available information regarding agricultural land usage for 2022 is detailed below:
|Grass (>1 year lay)
|Grass (<1 year lay)
It should be noted that the above information was gathered from businesses that are part of the Government of Jersey’s Rural Support Scheme (RSS), which identifies land use on about 25,000 vergees of agricultural land.
The Government of Jersey does not hold this information for any agricultural business that is not part of the RSS Scheme, therefore, Article 10 of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011 applies.
Unclassified (non-RSS agricultural land) is approximately 7,614 vergees.
The volume of raw biosolids processed at the Bellozanne Sewage Treatment Works through anaerobic digesters for 2022 was 60,238m3.
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