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Best Practice Scheme update – pilot completed

We’re pleased to say that the pilot of the Best Practice Scheme has now been completed, which means that we are on track to open the scheme to applicants autumn/winter 2017. In the next few months there are several opportunities to hear more about this in person and…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, best practice scheme, crop operators, food waste operators, Environment Agency, regulation, environment, health and safety

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Hear about the Environment Agency’s review of charges at Regulatory Forum

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The Environment Agency (EA) will be reviewing their charging scheme in October 2017, in a bid to more fully recover the costs of the regulatory activities it undertakes. Currently, there is a big deficit between the income they receive from permitting fees and the costs of their activities. This creates an…

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Regulatory Forum – programme preview

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We’re pleased to confirm several speakers for our upcoming Regulatory Forum, which will take place in Leeds on 10th October. This event ADBA members can register their free space here. Further speakers will be revealed shortly! Environment Agency – important changes to charges As we have reported recently,…

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Best Practice Scheme pilot underway

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As announced at UK AD & Biogas 2017, the pilot of the Best Practice Scheme for AD is being undertaken this summer. This blog provides an update on the scheme and on some relevant regulatory developments. Piloting the scheme We are working with Aardvark Certification Limited to test-run the Best Practice…

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SEPA consults on revised Compliance Assessment Scheme

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The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has opened a consultation on its Compliance Assessment Scheme (CAS), which it uses to determine how well an operator is complying with their environmental obligations. SEPA has used their CAS since 2009, when it was brought in to provide a common framework for compliance assessment…

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New guidance for commercial food waste collectors – help spread the word

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What is the Quality Action Plan? The Quality Action Plan (the QAP) for digestate and compost is a cross-industry working group, of which ADBA is part, focussed on the continuous improvement of compost and digestate products. The QAP also works to improve the quality of feedstocks in order to improve…

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Environment Agency set to propose charge increases in Autumn consultation

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This week I attended a meeting with the Environment Agency (EA) at which they gave some insight into their likely proposals to change the way they charge for their regulatory activities. The proposals will affect all AD operators who have a permit and look set to have significant implications. The…

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Help set the agenda for the Regulatory Forum

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We are now planning the programme for our Autumn Regulatory Forum event, which is being held in Leeds on 10th October. This free, members-only event is a great opportunity to stay up to date with regulatory developments, as well as hearing from industry experts on topics such as digestate quality,…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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