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Last week MPs voted on a series of motions regarding the Prime Minster’s Brexit Plans. Most significantly, a motion proposing a second referendum was heavily defeated – by a margin greater than the Prime Minister’s actual deal was defeated by. However, MPs also voted to request…

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The evening of Tuesday 29th January saw the latest extraordinary twists and turns in the Parliamentary Brexit drama, as the clock ticks down to the end of March. Due to a previous government defeat, MPs were allowed to table amendments to a government motion that would have directed ministers on…

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Anaerobic Digestion and Brexit

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The Prime Minister’s Withdrawal Agreement was heavily defeated by Parliament on 15th January. It is now extremely unclear what will happen next. Options range from amending the Withdrawal Agreement following further concessions from the EU, to a general election, or second referendum, but all of these options face…

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Reflecting on 2018 and looking ahead to 2019

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2018 began with much expectation surrounding the reforms to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), with the surprise general election of 2017 delaying the passing of the regulations by over a year. Thankfully, after a concerted effort from all corners of the industry, the reformed regulations came into effect on 22nd May 2018…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, biomethane, food waste operators, crop operators, RHI, renewable financial incentives, beis, Defra, Ofgem, rhi tariff guarantees, Renewable Heat Incentive, health and harmony, brexit, on-farm AD, spending review, thom koller

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The Fertilisers Regulation is ready to be adopted by the EU institutions

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The agreement reached last 20th of November between negotiators from the European Parliament and the Council has been validated by the Permanent Ambassadors to the European Union, the COREPER, on the basis of the European Commission 2016 proposal. With this procedure, the proposal amending 2003/2003 Regulation (and later amends) is ready to…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biofertiliser, eu fertiliser regulations, fertiliser, digestate, brexit, alberto rocamora

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The EU steps on the accelerator to achieve net-zero GHG emissions by 2050 looking at AD and biogas

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The long-awaited European Union Long Term Strategy for a climate neutral economy has been published today. This document is meant to set the foundations for a deep decarbonisation of the EU aiming to achieve net-zero emissions in 2050 in line with the Paris Agreement objectives. The strategy, which draws 8 possible scenarios…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, biomethane, EU, EU Commission, European Union, 2050, GHG emissions, carbon emissions, greenhouse gas emissions, redii, biofertiliser, fertiliser, eu fertiliser regulations, fertiliser regulations, digestate, renewable electricity, renewable energy, energy2050, 2030 targets, brexit, alberto rocamora

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ADBA is closely following recent developments over Brexit

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PM Theresa May has recently presented the Draft Withdrawal Agreement and the Outline Political Declaration, which would regulate UK-EU relations until 2020 (transition period) and the Outline Political Declaration which frames the context of the future agreement after 2020. While the second one is a political declaration on the terms of the…

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Tags: brexit, AD plants, maintenance, foreign trade, EU, European Union, alberto rocamora

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DfT expecting a role for biofuels in decarbonising HGVs for years to come

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In preparation for leaving the European Union in March next year the Department for Transport confirmed last week that a Statutory Instrument (SI) will be laid before Parliament in the coming weeks to make some minor alterations to the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO). The changes remove the duty on…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biomethane, crop operators, food waste operators, brexit, DfT, biomethane as a transport fuel, biomethane vehicles, uk motor fuel ghg reporting regs, renewable transport fuel obligation, thom koller

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How AD can drive farm productivity and diversification - thinkpiece from Dr Jonathan Scurlock

Dr Jonathan Scurlock, Chief Adviser on Renewable Energy and Climate Change at the National Farmers’ Union (NFU), sets out the role of AD in supporting UK farmers post Brexit ahead of UK AD & World Biogas Expo 2018, the world’s largest tradeshow dedicate solely to AD and biogas

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Tags: uk ad & world biogas expo 2018, agriculture, farming, anaerobic digestion, RHI, brexit

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Recasting the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive (RED) II

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The EU's Renewable Energy Directive (RED) supports the production and promotion of energy from renewable sources in the EU. It requires the EU to fulfil at least 20% of its total energy needs with renewables by 2020. Negotiations for the recasting of this are coming to an end. You…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, biomethane, food waste operators, crop operators, EU, EU Commission, European Parliament, european council, renewable energy directive, brexit, thom koller

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Defra’s Clean Air Strategy concerned over ammonia emissions from AD

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Ammonia emissions from agriculture decreased by 19% between 1990 and 2015 but remain a concern for Defra, particular in the department's work towards the Clean Air Strategy and in its recently launched consultation on food, farming and the environment in a green Brexit. Defra refer to ammonia from AD as an …

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, crop operators, ammonia emissions, Defra, farm AD, brexit, consultation, clean air strategy, regulatory forum, biomethane as a transport fuel, biomethane vehicles, thom koller

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Emissions reductions under the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) II

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The EU's Renewable Energy Directive provides the central policy behind the production and promotion of energy from renewable sources in the EU. It requires the EU to fulfil at least 20% of its total energy needs with renewables by 2020. Looking beyond that horizon, on 30 November 2016, the European Commission published proposals…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, biomethane, biomethane as a transport fuel, food waste operators, crop operators, Renewable Heat Incentive, RHI, emissions reduction, renewable energy directive, redii, European Union, sustainability criteria, brexit, thom koller

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PRESS RELEASE: Renewable heat legislation delay threatens climate goals

[​Please note that ADBA’s press release dated 25/10/17 (‘Renewable heat legislation delay threatens climate goals – ADBA’) contained an unintentionally misleading statement. We would like to make the following correction: Charlotte Morton’s quote ‘I’ve written directly to ministers at BEIS urging them…

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Can Brexit be sustainable? Five key points

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On Wednesday evening I attended the launch of a new report from think-tank Policy Connect entitled ‘Principles for a Sustainable Brexit’, which sets out the key principles for the Government and Parliament to make environmental considerations and tackling climate change central to policymaking post Brexit. The launch involved…

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Tags: chris noyce, brexit, climate change, regulations, Environment Agency

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UK AD & Biogas and World Biogas Expo to discuss future of UK farming

The contribution that anaerobic digestion (AD) can make to supporting UK farmers post-CAP will be a central theme of UK AD & Biogas and World Biogas Expo, the leading global tradeshow for AD and biogas taking place at the NEC in Birmingham on 5-6 July. The show, now in…

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Tags: uk ad & biogas and world biogas expo 2017, farming, anaerobic digestion, brexit, CAP, ad & biogas industry awards, best practice scheme, NFU

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