Posted in August 2014

Labour leader reasserts 'green credentials'

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Labour leader, Ed Miliband, has used the Party’s last conference before next May’s general election to highlight the green credentials at the heart of Labour policy. In his speech, Mr Miliband confirmed that green growth would form part of his six point plan for Great Britain…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, Derek Sivyer, Ed Miliband, general election, green economy, Labour conference

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FITs degression statistics - latest on 500 kW - 5 MW degression

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DECC have published their monthly figures on FIT deployment. For the sub-500 kWe scale, ‘deployment’ (including pre-accreditations) was already over the amount required to cause a 10% October degression (followed by a further degression in April 2015 to take the full year degression to 20%). For the 500 kWe - 5 MWe a 5% tariff reduction…

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Tags: Feed-in-Tariff, FITs

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Update on Defra and WRAP activity

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In the second half of a day spent largely in Defra, I took part in a AD Steering Group meeting on Monday afternoon. A final report on the AD Strategy and Action Plan is to be published this autumn/winter, and we will be feeding in key achievements and issues…

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Tags: DC-Agri, Defra, digestate, FIT, Matt Hindle, on-farm AD, RHI, RO, small scale AD, Wrap

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Update on permitting, regulation and end of waste

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Earlier today I attended a meeting in Defra on biowaste regulation. Below are some notes and updates for members. For food waste operators, the update below on the development of fertilizer regulations - which builds on European End of Waste Work - is particularly important. Sector Performance The Environment Agency…

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Tags: Defra, EA, End of waste, Environment Agency, environmental permitting, Europe, European Commission, fertilizer directive, Matt Hindle, permitting, regulation, Waste

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DECC Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Industry Advisory Group (IAG)

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Today I attended DECC’s Industry Advisory Group (IAG) meeting, at which DECC update industry participants on progress on the RHI and we feed back comments. Some key points were: The biomethane tariff review is scheduled to include a Government response and Parliamentary process over Winter. The tariff guarantee…

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Tags: DECC, IAG, industry advisory group, RHI

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First food waste recycling plant in Wales awarded PAS 110 status

Biogen’s GwyriAD food waste anaerobic digestion (AD) plant near Caernarfon has become the first in Wales to achieve the Publicly Available Specification PAS 110 status for its biofertiliser. The 11,500 tonne anaerobic digestion (AD) plant at Llwyn Isaf completed commissioning in 2013 and processes food waste from homes and commercial food…

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Tags: AD, biofertiliser, Biogen, Derek Sivyer, food waste, GwyriAD, PAS 110

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Confusion over biogas RHI eligibility

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We have been liaising with Ofgem on the eligibility of biogas plants for RHI heat. Scenarios in which existing digesters serving existing CHPs (built before December 2013) have added additional CHPs were expected to be eligible for the scheme following DECC’s ‘clarification note’ some months back. However, Ofgem have now…

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Tags: DECC, eligibility, Ofgem, Ollie More, Renewable Heat Incentive, RHI

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Biomethane industry delivers wake up call to government

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Senior industry representatives have called on the political parties to set a robust policy framework to support the use of biomethane in transport ahead of next May’s General Election. Speakers at ADBA’s second UK Biomethane & Gas Vehicle Conference hosted in Northampton on Tuesday (09 September 2014) noted…

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Tags: biomethane, Derek Sivyer, government, manifesto, UK Biomethane and Gas Vehicle Conference 2014

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Biomethane: London’s answer to saving thousands of lives

In the week in which senior industry leaders came together at ADBA’s second UK Biomethane & Gas Vehicle Conference (09 September 2014) to discuss the sector’s strong growth and limiting factors, the Mayor of London has appeared before the House of Common’s Environmental Audit Committee …

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Tags: biomethane, Derek Sivyer, government, London, Mayor of London, UK Biomethane and Gas Vehicle Conference 2014

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Update on biomethane sustainability criteria

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We held our latest meeting with DECC on biomethane sustainability criteria yesterday, following discussions over the past few weeks. Notes from this meeting are below. Meeting with DECC, 11 September 2014 DECC: Andy Davey, Pete Burnill (RHI team); Philip Sargent (Engineer, Strategy and Evidence Group) Trade Associations: Matt Hindle, Ollie More (ADBA);…

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Tags: biomethane, crop, crop feedstocks, DECC, Matt Hindle, RHI, sustainability, sustainability criteria

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New ADBA Members’ Directory being produced for 2014/15

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I am delighted to announce that we will again be producing an annual Members’ Directory for 2014/15. This ‘Who’s Who’ of the anaerobic digestion sector will be sent out for free to every ADBA member, distributed to more than 3000 key industry contacts and be available at…

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Tags: Members' Directory, News for members

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EA briefing note released on permitting for crop residues

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Following pressure from operators, the EA have provided clarity on their approach to ‘crop residues’ used in AD plants. The new briefing note can be downloaded here. This clarifies their definition of crop residues as follows:We are referring here to crop residues in the sense that they are ‘production…

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Tags: crop residues, crops, EA, Environment Agency, environmental permitting, farm, farm AD, farm waste, Matt Hindle, permitting, Waste

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New site for Animal Health information

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AHVLA is in the process of migrating the contents of its web based guidance on complying with animal byproducts regulations to the Gov.uk platform. The intention of this migration is to place all Government information on a single web platform and to tailor the content to meet user needs.…

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Tags: ABPR, AHVLA, Animal Health, animal-by-products, Defra, Matt Hindle, permitting, regulation

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SEaB Energy shortlisted in RBS's national search for new ‘green’ ideas

SEaB Energy submitted their ground-breaking idea after RBS called on innovators and small businesses (SMEs) to come forward with new eco-ideas for the bank’s 2,500 buildings around the UK.  SEaB Energy, with offices in Southampton and a prototyping facility in Romsey, is one of the first companies to…

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Tags: Derek Sivyer, SEaB Energy, UK AD & Biogas

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Disappointing letter from DECC Minister Amber Rudd on Feed-In Tariff

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It is extremely disappointing to receive this Reply from Amber Rudd MP which says that Government does not intend to extend the FiTs pre-accreditation period. This was a reasonable request, not least in the light of the unexpected changes and subsequent withdrawal of the conditions for grid connections by Ofgem,…

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Tags: feed-in tariffs, FIT

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