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Waste Treatment BREF – final draft released

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Last week, the final draft of the second version of the Waste Treatment Best Available Technique Reference Document (referred to as the BREF document) was released. This document will have implications for any permitted AD plant which has the capacity to treat 100 tonnes or more per day – known as …

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Environment Agency: increases to permitting charges and new emissions limits

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We were delighted to welcome the Environment Agency’s Howard Leberman to our Autumn Regulatory Forum to deliver an update on several significant developments for the regulation of AD plants. This blog provides an update on the main topics discussed: waste exemptions; Medium Combustion Plant Directive; Waste Treatment BREF;…

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

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Regulatory Forum round-up: debate and discussion in Leeds

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ADBA's Regulatory Forum: keeping members informed Earlier this week, myself and ADBA’s Membership Manager, Alex Monks, headed up to Leeds to hold our Autumn Regulatory Forum event. Alex and I were pleased to see a great mix of delegates, including operators, consultants, regulators, developers and insurance experts.…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, regulatory forum, Environment Agency, permitting, charges, natural resources wales, SEPA, HSE

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Medium Combustion Plant Directive: hear about permitting implications at Regulatory Forum

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As Thom reported in his blog at the end of August, last year Defra consulted on transposing the Medium Combustion Plant Directive (MCPD) into UK legislation and introducing emission controls for certain generators in England and Wales. You can access the consultation proposals here. This will be implemented…

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ADBA attends Defra Biowaste Regulatory Forum meeting

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This week I attended Defra’s Biowaste Regulatory Forum, which is a meeting of trade bodies and professional organisations and Defra and the regulators. It is designed to be an opportunity for the industry to share updates with the regulators and vice versa. It also enables any actions to…

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

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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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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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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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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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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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