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New Labour Party interest in separate food waste collections

While we are aware of government looking at the costs and benefits of providing funding for authorities in England to introduce separate food waste collections, we have also recently been discussing these with the new Labour Shadow Minister for Shadow Farming & Rural Affairs (who also has responsibility for wate…

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New government focus on soil health

The Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has highlighted the current threat to UK agricultural productivity of depleted soils. He said "We have encouraged a type of farming which has damaged the earth”. According to a Guardian article, Michael Gove said "the UK is 30-40…

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Royal Agricultural Society of England AD report - still the best around

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It was written in 2011 but is still the best available publication on the benefits of on-farm AD. A Review of Anaerobic Digestion Plants on UK Farms, by Angela Bywater for the Royal Agricultural Society of England, covers not only a history of on farm plants in the UK and an…

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Response to biomethane registration and other amendments RHI consultation - last chance to comment

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See attached our draft response to the RHI consultation on "Further proposed amendments", which include important changes to the way biomethane producers are registered in the RHI. The full consultation can be found here.  I have already received a number of comments, but further comments and suggestions would be…

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Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) changes delayed until new year

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The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has this week informed us that the legislation required to introduce the increased biomethane and biogas tariffs, tariff guarantees and crop restrictions to the RHI, will be delayed until the start of next year. They had aimed to introduce legislation this…

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ADBA draft response to Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) consultation

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I have drafted some key points that we wish to make on the BEIS Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) consultation on further amendments to the scheme. This consultation has been described as 'other bits and pieces' by some because it considers a range of different eligbility issues, including multiple plant,…

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£25K research funding up for grabs - apply by 16th October

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We would just like to alert you to a new short-notice funding opportunity from the Anaerobic Digestion Network – £25K Seeding Catalyst Roadmap. Details are available on the website now (www.anaerobicdigestionnet.com), with a deadline of 16th October for all applications.   ADNet members (free to join) are…

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Renewable Heat Industry Advisory Group update

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Last Friday I attended an Industry Advisory Group (IAG) that the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) organise with the associations representing renewable heat member companies, across biogas, heat pumps, biomass and other technologies. It is a useful forum for BEIS to provide any updates and for us…

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MPs put forward Future of Gas proposals

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On Monday I attended a reception in Parliament on the future of the gas grid. It was another opportunity for the mainstream of the energy industry to bash the idea of switching to an all-electric heating system for the UK, with the MPs involved (James Heappey and Alan Whitehead) joining…

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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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Heat decarbonisation and the role of new AD feedstocks

At some point in the next decade, the government will need to decide how it will largely decarbonise heat by 2050. Clearly the assumption behind this statement is that they remain committed to decarbonisation. Decarbonising the electricity grid will look like a piece of cake compared to the heat sector. And…

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13 biomethane projects and counting waiting for RHI legislation

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We are aware of 13 biomethane projects in development that are now waiting for the RHI legislation to be passed in order to receive their tariff guarantee and start construction. This is based on what our members have told us in confidence. We intend to write to new ministers as soon…

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How can we increase household food waste to AD in existing collection schemes?

Figures released by WRAP today show that the amount of household food waste being collected for AD remains low:  "Local authorities sent 314,516 tonnes of food waste to AD facilities in Great Britain; 191,830 tonnes in England, 52,686 tonnes in Wales in 2014/15, and 70,000 tonnes in Scotland in 2014." While of course there is…

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Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) update - and implications for the AD industry

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has not been able to pass the emergency legislation it was hoping to, which would have updated the degression triggers in the Renewable Heat Incentive.  This means that the overall RHI scheme trigger will remain at £ 578.0 million for…

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BEIS methane leakage from AD plants project

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BEIS are hoping to conduct a study on methane leakage from AD plants.  The study would involve setting up sensors around a number of AD plants to monitor methane levels. BEIS feel that the existing literature on methane leakage from AD plants probably does not reflect the actual amount…

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