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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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Reminder - Best Practice Scheme feedback needed

As I set out in my previous blog, we are currently seeking feedback from our members and others on the proposed documents making up the Best Practice Scheme for AD. Please click here to see the blog and download the documents. The deadline for comments was originally Friday 23rd June,…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, best practice scheme, food operators, crop operators, on farm ad

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Waste Treatment BREF update - June 2017

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As reported previously, the second version of the European Commission’s Waste Treatment Best Available Technique Reference (BREF) document is due to be published next year. The BREF document sets out Best Available Technique (BAT) for all waste treatment technologies, including AD, and is applied across the European Union.…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, food waste operators, Environment Agency, waste treatment bref

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Best Practice Scheme proposals – comments on draft documents needed by 23 June

As we have set out previously, ADBA will be piloting the Best Practice Scheme for AD this summer. The scheme, which is led by ADBA and supported by a wide range of industry stakeholders, is aimed at helping the industry to reach high standards of operation, including in environmental protection…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, best practice scheme, UK AD & Biogas, food waste operators, crop operators

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Regulatory Forum - slides available for members

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Following our successful Regulatory Forum on 23rd May, all of the presentations delivered on the day are now available to ADBA members at the links below. Priscilla Hall and Zoe Stollard (Clarke Willmott - event hosts) - top tips on contractual and legal matters https://www.slideshare.net/secret/2GWP…

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ADBA responds to Environment Agency’s informal consultation on changes to OPRA

At the end of last week, ADBA provided comments to the Environment Agency (EA) in response to their informal consultation on the proposed changes to the OPRA system of assessing operator performance. To see the proposed changes, click here to read our previous blog. The proposals could have significant…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, food waste operators, Environment Agency, environmental permitting, opra, operator performance assessment, waste regulation

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Updates on charges and compliance from the Environment Agency

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Our Regulatory Forum is a great opportunity for ADBA members to hear directly from the regulators and put concerns or queries to them. Yesterday, we were pleased to welcome the Environment Agency’s Nick Green to present the latest. This blog summarises the main points made by Nick, and…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, crop operators, food waste operators, Environment Agency, regulatory forum, environmental permitting, permitting charges

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Regulatory Forum a great success – thank you to all involved!

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Thanks to a great set of speakers and a lively audience, ADBA’s Spring Regulatory Forum proved an interesting and thought-provoking day. Huge thanks to our hosts, Clarke Willmott, who provided an excellent venue and refreshments at their Bristol office. Thanks also to all those who presented and attended…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, food waste operators, crop operators, regulatory forum, regulation, environmental permitting, BREF

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ADBA on tour – visit to Copys Green AD plant

This week, Jon, Chris and I enjoyed a visit to Copys Green AD plant, which is operated by Dr Stephen Temple (JF Temple & Son Ltd). The site is located in rural Norfolk and it was a treat for us to get out of London and into the countryside on…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, crop operators, farm AD, on-farm AD, best practice scheme

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SEPA releases position statement on use of crop residues in AD

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The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has published a position statement clarifying its regulatory position on the use of crop residues (such as misshapen or undersized fruit and vegetables) when used in an AD plant with a capacity up to 100 tonnes per day. The position statement says: ‘Crop residues…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, crop operators, SEPA, permitting, waste regulation, Scotland

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Best Practice Scheme for AD – get involved!

The Best Practice Scheme for AD is now well on its way to the launch of a pilot scheme in July. We are currently in the process of drafting the documents that will set out how the scheme will work and the criteria that AD operators would need to…

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Environment Agency proposes major overhaul of operator performance assessment

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Last week I attended a workshop run by the Environment Agency (EA) which focussed on how they intend to change their approach to assessing the performance of the operators that they regulate. The review covers all of the sectors regulated by the EA and is separate but potentially linked to…

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Environment Agency to update ADBA members at Regulatory Forum

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There is now about a month left to go until our Spring 2017 Regulatory Forum, which is taking place on 23rd May at Clarke Willmott's office in Bristol. As well as the chance to hear from a range of leading experts in the AD industry, attendees will hear an…

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Information request – survey on use of landspreading deployment permits

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We have been made aware of a potential issue regarding the use of landspreading deployment permits (i.e. spreading of digestate under Standard Rules SR2010 No. 4) which we would like to better understand. A summary of the potential issue is provided at the end of this blog. At this stage,…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, landspreading, environmental permitting, standard rules permits, deployment, food waste operators, digestate

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Environment Agency shares information on fire risk in activated carbon

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The Environment Agency (EA) has shared a technical guide on the fire risk associated with activated carbon. Click here to view the guide. The guide contains useful information on the fire risk factors associated with carbon filters - useful information for operators to have. As we wrote in a blog…

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Tags: Environment Agency, fire prevention, anaerobic digestion, biogas, carbon filters

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