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AD operators face new permitting and emissions requirements – top tips for preparing for regulatory

With many sectors about to be affected by the Medium Combustion Plant Directive, Jess Allan (Principal Consultant at WYG and former Environment and Regulation Manager at the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association) asks whether the AD industry is ready and sets out three top tips for operators.   What is…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, food waste operators, crop operators, mcpd, medium combustion plant directive, jess allan, wyg, Environment Agency, air quality and emissions show, permitting, CHP, standard rules permits, emissions

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ADBA discusses future AD regulation with Environment Agency and other stakeholders

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On Wednesday I attended the Biowaste Regulatory Forum with the Environment Agency (EA) and other industry groups. Given the number of EA officers attending, AD and the biowaste sector more widely are clearly an area of growing importance to the EA. Some of the issues discussed were: Plastics - the…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, food waste operators, crop operators, Defra, Environment Agency, Ollie More

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ADBA makes the case for pragmatic approach to environmental regulation

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Today ADBA's Ollie More made the case to the Environment Agency's Regulated Business Forum for a pragmatic approach to environmental regulation. The AD industry has already been hit by higher charges, a consultation on new rules for permitted plants, the Medium Combustion Plant Directive (MCPD) this year, and…

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Permit update: up flow sludge blanket digesters

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Following consultation earlier this year the Environment Agency has proceeded to withdraw their position statement whereby use of up flow anaerobic sludge blanket anaerobic digestion systems with manure and slurry feedstock on farms did not require an environmental permit. Further information on this is available here. Please get in…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, crop operators, environmental permitting, Environment Agency, farm slurry, manure, thom koller

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EA propose stricter permit conditions - don’t forget to have your say

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As we reported in early July, the EA is currently running a call for evidence on permitting. This includes many proposals relevant to the AD sector, and in general involves more specific, stricter permit conditions. Please click here to read our blog which included some analysis and an initial response. …

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, food waste operators, crop operators, permitting, Environment Agency, AD, regulation

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ADBA attends Defra Biowaste Regulatory Forum

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This week I attended the Biowaste Regulatory Forum, which brings together Defra, the environmental regulators and industry bodies. The main points discussed at the meeting were: Environment Agency update Kathy Nicholls from the Environment Agency (EA) expressed ongoing EA concerns around containment failures. Overall, serious incidents have reduced to about 9…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, regulation, biowaste regulatory forum, Environment Agency, Defra, permitting, digestate, plastics, digestate quality

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Permit me to enlighten you: Environment Agency proposes permit changes to drive improvements

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Today the Environment Agency (EA) has published a call for evidence seeking views on their proposals for change in Environmental Permitting for biowaste sector. This is a significant piece of work, which aims to improve performance across the whole of the biowaste sector – which includes AD, composting and MBT.…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, environmental regulation, permitting, Environment Agency, regulation, food waste operators, agricultural operators, Waste

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Environment Agency publishes draft Medium Combustion Plant Guidance

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There has recently been a flurry of activity from the Environment Agency (EA) regarding the upcoming implementation of the Medium Combustion Plant Directive (MCPD). This week they have published a draft guidance note for review, which you can find here. If you have any comments on the draft, please let…

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

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Read ADBA’s draft response to the EA’s Medium Combustion Plant consultation

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Please click here to read our draft response to the Environment Agency's consultation on the implementation of the Medium Combustion Plant Directive via Standard Rules permits. If you have any comments on the draft, please let us know as soon as possible as the consultation closes at the end…

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

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Important consultation on Medium Combustion Plant Directive – how will it affect you?

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The Medium Combustion Plant Directive is an important piece of legislation which will have an impact on AD operators if their combustion plant is classed as a medium combustion plant. Basically, this will be ‘Combustion plants with a rated thermal input equal to or greater than 1 MWth and less…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, medium combustion plant directive, Environment Agency, permitting, regulation, regulatory forum, crop operators, food waste operators, CHP

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Environment Agency to hold workshop for landspreading customers

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We have been asked to share details of an upcoming workshop held by the Environment Agency (EA) for their customers using the landspreading permitting process. This is sure to be a good learning experience for all involved and a great way to engage directly with the National Permitting Service which…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, Environment Agency, digestate, permitting, regulation, workshop

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Defra and Environment Agency to speak at ADBA Regulatory Forum – final programme

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Our Spring Regulatory Forum has shaped up nicely into a packed day of sessions, delivered by a range of industry experts. This includes representatives from Defra, the Environment Agency (EA), CCM Technologies, David Woolgar Consulting, Jelf, Walker Morris, Little Green Consulting and Beeswax Dyson; great to see such a host…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, food waste operators, crop operators, regulatory forum, digestate, permitting, charges, law, emissions, air quality, Defra, Environment Agency, environment, regulation

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Environment Agency’s Definition of Waste Panel set to reopen in June 2018

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In it's Strategic Review of Charges, the Environment Agency (EA) proposed to reinstate the suspended Definition of Waste Panel - which closed in 2016 due to lack of resources. The panel is set to open from June 2018, with a new charge for the service; click here to read the…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, Environment Agency, definition of waste, food waste operators, crop operators, waste permitting, products

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Training, Safety and Environment working group hold useful meeting

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Last week our Training, Safety and Environment working group met for a day of useful discussions around regulation and good practice around plant design, maintenance and operation. With involvement from ADBA members and the regulators (Environment Agency and Health and Safety Executive), the group tackles the most pressing issues facing…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, training, safety and environment, training, Environment Agency, health and safety executive, health and safety, environment, environmental permitting

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Environment Agency confirms most fee changes to come into effect from April

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At the beginning of 2018, ADBA submitted a robust response to the Environment Agency’s Strategic Review of Charges consultation. To read our response, click here. ADBA expressed significant concerns on behalf of our members, particularly regarding the scale of charge increases for the biowaste sector and the speed that…

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

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