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Reminder – Countryside Productivity Small Grants open for applications

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The Countryside Productivity Small Grant scheme provides funding for farmers to purchase equipment to improve the productivity of their farm. The scheme is currently open to applications, with the application window running from 7 February to 14 March. Applications must be made by a farmer and is only open to farmers…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, digestate, Farmers, on-farm, crops

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Regulatory Forum vital in time of regulatory uncertainty

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In a time of uncertainty surrounding environmental regulation, with the Environment Agency's proposed charges increase looming, the Medium Combustion Plant Directive due for implementation and the new Waste Treatment Best Available Technique Reference (BREF) document on the horizon, ADBA's bi-annual Regulatory Forum is a perfect opportunity for…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, Environment Agency, regulation, permitting, medium combustion plant directive

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Industry groups meet with the Environment Agency at Biowaste Regulatory Forum

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Today, I represented ADBA at a meeting of the Biowaste Regulatory Forum. The meeting was chaired by the Environment Agency (EA), and included the NFU, CIWM, ESA and others. The meeting is a platform for discussion between industry groups and the EA’s leads on biowaste and land spreading,…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, food waste operators, crop operators, BREF, digestate, compliance, regulation, Environment Agency

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Parliament approves new regulations for Medium Combustion Plant Directive

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It has been announced today that the regulations transposing the Medium Combustion Plant Directive and implementing emission controls on generators have now been approved in both Houses of Parliament. These regulations came into force on 30 January 2018. The substantive text is unchanged from the version released in December and can be…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, food waste, crop operators, medium combustion plant directive

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New Defra ‘farming rules for water’ to take affect from 2 April 2018

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Defra has published a factsheet to explain the new ‘farming rules for water’ which will take affect from 2 April 2018 for all farmers in England. Defra consulted on these rules in September 2015. Please click here to view the online fact sheet and a more detailed guide here. The rules…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, Farmers, digestate spreading

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ADBA Training, Safety and Environment Working Group to meet in March - get involved

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ADBA's Training, Safety and Environment Working Group is set to meet in early March and we will help be setting the meeting agenda over coming weeks. If you are interested in joining the group, please let me know at jessica.allan@adbioresources.org and I will make sure you…

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Defra consults on proposals to reduce waste crime and boost operator competence

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Defra is currently consulting on a range of proposals relating to reducing waste crime – a topic that does not have a huge impact in the AD sector compared with, for example, metal recycling. However, there are a few relevant aspects to the consultation which we may respond to in…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, Defra, waste crime consultation, exemptions, operator competence, management systems, food waste operators

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ADBA responds to EA charges review: proposals go too far, too fast

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Today, we submitted our response to the Environment Agency’s ‘Strategic Review of Charges’. Many thanks to all members who provided feedback and input; this has helped us put together a strong response. You can read our full response here. In our view, the proposals are too…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, charges, Environment Agency, environmental permitting, consultation, strategic review of charges

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Environment Agency publishes bioaerosol monitoring regulatory position

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This week, the Environment Agency (EA) published their regulatory position statement on the monitoring of bioaerosol emissions, which sets out when bioaerosol risk assessments and monitoring is required and how it will be enforced. You can see the new guidance and background to the position statement here. The statement…

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IEA Bioenergy Task 37: Report and Webinar on Methane Emissions

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This week IEA Bioenergy Task 37 held a free webinar on an interesting piece of research on methane emissions from AD plants; this is a topic which is becoming of interest to policy-makers in the UK as methane is a potent greenhouse gas and therefore important to manage effectively. The webinar…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, methane, iea task 37

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An insight into the issues facing the AD sector in Scotland

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Last week, Charlotte Morton (Chief Executive) and I headed to Edinburgh for a packed day of meetings with contacts in the Scottish AD sector. We look forward to continuing these discussions with others at our upcoming Scottish National Conference, which you can find out about here. Our first meeting last…

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Impact of the EA’s charges review – will your annual charges double? See our draft response.

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As reported previously, the Environment Agency (EA) are currently consulting on their review of charges, which proposes dramatic rises in the annual fees that operators will pay. In some cases, the increases will more than double the existing charge. In addition, permit application fees are proposed to increase, along with…

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Opportunity to participate in a research project on alternative grid connections

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Sonya Bedford, Team Leader and Partner at Stephens Scown LLP’s Energy Team, is currently undertaking a research project as part of her MSc in Renewable Energy. Sonya will be familiar to many ADBA members, given her experience in the sector. There is a great opportunity for members to…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, research, grid connections, DNO, alternative grid connection

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IEA holding free webinar on measuring methane emissions at AD plants

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We would like to highlight an opportunity to take part in a free webinar run by IEA Bioenergy, entitled ‘Methane Emissions from Biogas Plants: Methods for Measurement, Results and Effect on Greenhouse Gas Balance of Electricity Produced’. The webinar will be presented by Dr Jan Liebetrau. This topic…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, emissions monitoring, ammonia emissions, methane leakage, international energy agency iea

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Ofgem publishes draft guidance for new rules under the Renewables Obligation

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Ofgem has published a series of draft changes to their guidance as a result of the ‘Renewables Obligation (Amendment) Regulations 2017’. These were published on 20 December. The new regulations introduce rules for bioliquids, wastes and residues under the Renewables Obligation, which came into force on 1 January 2018 for England, Wales,…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, Renewables Obligation

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