Recycling food waste through anaerobic digestion - not just energy and fertiliser

When we talk about the benefits of recycling food waste through anaerobic digestion, we often talk about the energy we can produce and the fertiliser. But here I outline not only those benefits but a significant number of other benefits that need to be added to the list. The UK…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, food waste, Ollie More

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NEW RHI deployment update

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The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have released their latest monthly statistics showing deployment of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) programme. The link to the June statistics can be found by clicking here. Biogas Biogas heat generated and paid for under the RHI in 2017 continues to…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, biomethane, beis, RHI, emiliano lewis, UK AD & Biogas, heat use

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BEIS set out plans to upgrade UK energy system

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BEIS and Ofgem have today release a report on 'Upgrading our Energy System'. The report is a response to the call for evidence on a smart, flexible energy system which concluded at the beginning of the year. You can download the report here. The full response to the consultation and…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, biomethane, food waste operators, crop operators, beis, Ofgem, smart energy systems, flexible generation, energy storage, consultation, riio-2, thom koller

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Share your views on London’s food waste situation

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The London Assembly's Environment Committee is running a sixth month inquiry into London’s waste generation, handling and disposal. The three areas of focus are: Waste reduction and the circular economy - how to reduce waste and utilise the circular econonmy Recycling - the…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, biomethane, food waste operators, food waste, london assembly, Mayor of London, waste management, consultation, thom koller

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The Road to RIIO-2 (Revenue=Incentives+Innovation+Outputs)

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Ofgem has published an open letter on RIIO-2 Framework. 'RIIO' stands for the formula through which revenue is calculated, Revenue=Incentives+Innovation+Outputs. RIIO-2 will determine the next price controls for the network companies running the gas and electricity transmission and distribution networks. The current price controls for gas and…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, biomethane, food waste operators, crop operators, network innovation, riio-2, Ofgem, consultation, thom koller

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ADBA celebrates biofertiliser hitting wholesale shelves

ADBA has described the first sales of biofertiliser produced from AD as ‘a game-changing moment in the restoration of the UK’s soils’. Farming family Steve and Sarah Suggitt of Suggitt Farm Services in Norfolk are using digestate, a liquid byproduct from their AD plant, to produce…

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Tags: biofertiliser, digestate, anaerobic digestion

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New funding competition announced

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The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) have announced a new UK-Colombia programme in sustainable tropical agricultural systems supported by the Newton-Caldas Fund. Proposals for the pump-priming phase of this…

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Tags: r&d funding, R&D, sustainable tropical agriculture, newton fund, uk, colombia, emiliano lewis

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Latest WRAP report shows a fall in AD gate fees

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Last week, WRAP published their latest annual report on gate fees. Titled “Gate Fees Report 2017: comparing the costs of waste treatment options”, the survey shows that, in 2016, gate fees in the AD industry have continued to fall. Now in its tenth year, the survey covers gate fees charged…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, gate fees, food waste, food waste operators, Wrap, emiliano lewis, UK AD & Biogas, local authorities, ad operators

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Environment Agency provides summary of proposals to change regulatory approach

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Following feedback from industry bodies, including ADBA, the Environment Agency (EA) has released a summary note for industry to give a clearer outline of their proposals to change the way they assess operator performance. They refer to their proposals as ‘Performance Based Regulation’ (PBR). To see our previous…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, opra, Environment Agency, regulatory forum, regulation

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New AD Market Report published

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The latest edition of the Anaerobic Digestion Market Report, July 2017, has been published on the ADBA website. If you are a member, you can download it by clicking here or on the picture below: The report's key findings are summarised below: AD now has a capacity of 730 MWe-e,…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, biomethane, UK AD & Biogas, emiliano lewis, 2017 market report, market report, AD market

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Key messages from Committee on Climate Change’s latest progress report

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The Committee on Climate Change's (CCC) lastest progress report warns that the UK is in danger of not meeting the fifth carbon budget, which requires a 57% reduction in GHG emissions by 2028-32, relative to 1990 levels. According to the report three-quarters of the emissions decline from 2012 to 2016 has…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, biomethane, food waste operators, crop operators, beis, claire perry mp, clean growth plan, emissions reduction plan, committee on climate change, eu ets, Green Alliance, chaitanya kumar, thom koller

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FIT queued capacity: now space in Tariff Period 4

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Last week Ofgem published their latest report on the FIT deployment queue. This assigns a provisional tariff period to each plant, which informs the point at which a plant's one year validity period would begin and the tariff it would secure. You can access this data here. …

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, food waste operators, crop operators, FIT, consultation, deployment caps, fit deployment, deployment queue, Feed-in-Tariff, beis, Ofgem, thom koller

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Can Brexit be sustainable? Five key points

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On Wednesday evening I attended the launch of a new report from think-tank Policy Connect entitled ‘Principles for a Sustainable Brexit’, which sets out the key principles for the Government and Parliament to make environmental considerations and tackling climate change central to policymaking post Brexit. The launch involved…

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Tags: chris noyce, brexit, climate change, regulations, Environment Agency

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ADBA attend FWRAP Steering Group Meeting

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Yesterday ADBA attended the Food Waste Recycling Action Plan (FWRAP) Steering Group Meeting in WRAP’s offices in Banbury to discuss what progress has been made for each action one year on from the launch of the program. FWRAP is a cross-industry initiative to increase both the supply and…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, UK AD & Biogas, food waste operators, food waste, food waste recycling action plan, emiliano lewis

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The Future of Gas

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Launched yesterday in conjunction with the Future Energy Scenarios (see my blog on this here), the Future of Gas progress report explores the role of gas in a low carbon future, from the perspective of National Grid, which operates the UK’s gas transmission network. You can download the…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, biomethane, food waste operators, crop operators, national grid, future energy scenarios, future of gas, biomethane as a transport fuel, biomethane in transport, thom koller

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