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Dusting Off the Rosettes

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Our External Affairs Manager Jon Harrison previews the forthcoming general election. The starting gun has been fired on the 2017 General Election – a phrase that virtually no political pundit in Westminster was expecting ever to have to say. As little as two weeks ago, No.10 were categorically ruling out an…

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Update on EFRA Committee Food Waste Inquiry

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Our External Affairs Manager Jon Harrison provides an update on the ongoing inquiry into food waste in England.

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, consultation, food waste, jon harrison, Parliament, Charlotte Morton, carbon

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Liz Truss listens to industry grievances at ADBA’s Parliamentary Reception

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On 1 March over 150 farmers, who were either operators or investors within the anaerobic digestion (AD) industry, descended on the Houses of Parliament in numbers that demanded the attention of policymakers. Joined by over 60 Westminster MPs and Peers – including Defra’s Secretary of State, Liz Truss MP; Shadow Farming…

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Tags: blog, parliamentary reception, lobbying, liz truss, MP, Parliament, baroness miller of chilthorne domer, lord gardiner of kimble, angus macneil, neil parish, Defra, DECC, political, nick smith, sustainable farming, on-farm AD, biogas, biomethane, baseload energy, ian lucas, Derek Sivyer, Charlotte Morton

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Parliament favours anaerobic digestion for food waste disposal

While the government still drags its feet over action to reduce council tax bills by diverting food waste from expensive landfill through segregated collection services, the House of Commons has acted to send on-site food waste from Parliament’s canteens to anaerobic digestion (AD).  The representative for the…

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Tags: press release, council tax, landfill, Parliament, pq, House of Commons, food waste, tom brake, recycling targets, European Commission, circular economy package, CCC, fifth carbon budget, Charlotte Morton, Derek Sivyer, anaerobic digestion

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AD industry welcomes Spending Review support for green gas

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, today unveiled plans in today’s Spending Review and Autumn Statement announcement to extend the Renewable Heat Initiative (RHI) with additional funding for new projects until the end of this Parliament. The Government’s energy policy “reset” announced last…

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Tags: press release, budget, Autumn Statement, spending review, chancellor of the exchequer, george osborne, RHI, green gas, heat, renewable heat target, Parliament, HM Treasury, domestic gas, biomethane, biogas, national grid, House of Commons, energy & climate change committee, Charlotte Morton, Derek Sivyer

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ADBA pushes Defra for food waste action

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ADBA has been at the heart of WRAP’s efforts to support the Defra Minister, Rory Stewart MP, in a push for recycling consistency among councils. More information about this work has now been released by the resources body. The aim of the WRAP-led steering group has been to…

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Tags: blog, Wrap, food waste, Defra, rory stewart, Parliament, recycling, harmonisation and consistency working group, food waste collections, harmonised collections, local authorities, councils, marcus gover, Charlotte Morton, Derek Sivyer

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The fumes from ‘renewables bonfire’ will cost lives

ADBA has written to the chair of the Commons Energy Select Committee, Angus MacNeil MP, asking his committee to scrutinise the impact that DECC’s ‘capacity market’ plans will have on levels of deadly air pollution. The Energy Committee is holding an evidence session with National Grid…

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Tags: press release, ECC committee, angus macneil, MP, Parliament, DECC, government, policy, commons, capacity markets, capacity crunch, session hearing, national grid, comeap, who, baseload energy, diesel generators, air pollution, air quality, carbon abatement, Autumn Statement, spending review, chancellor of the exchequer, no2, nitrogen dioxide, hinkley point c, nuclear, ghg, Charlotte Morton, Derek Sivyer

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MEMBER’S PRESS RELEASE: 1 million kilowatts of electricity from AD plant

Within 10 months of operating its £5.3m investment in an anaerobic digestion plant, Muntons, the Stowmarket based maltster, is proud to announce that the plant has just generated its one millionth kilowatt hour of electrical energy. The plant was officially opened on September 25th by The Baroness Scott of Needham…

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Tags: member's press release, muntons, AD, maltster, stowmarket, kilowatt, baroness scott, jo churchill, MP, Parliament, suffolk, nigel davies, practical sustainability, Derek Sivyer

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Commons Committee summons Energy Minister for hearing

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Last month I reported on the House of Commons Energy & Climate Change Committee’s (ECCC) programme for departmental scrutiny as the body of MPs sets out to hold government to account for recent policy announcements. As part of this programme, the ECCC today summoned the Energy Minister, Andrea…

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Tags: blog, Parliament, committee, efra committee, Defra, Minister, andrea leadsom, dan poulter, hinkley point c, mps, energy trilemma, investor confidence, shale gas, ghg, low-carbon, DECC, HM Treasury, FIT, pre-accreditation, scrutiny, Derek Sivyer

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ADBA calls on farmers to contribute to parliamentary scrutiny of Defra

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The House of Commons Environment, Food & Rural Affairs Select Committee, a body of MPs responsible for scrutinising Defra policy and holding ministers to account, has launched an inquiry into farmgate prices. While the focus of the inquiry is on assessing the impact of changing global/national conditions factors on…

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Tags: House of Commons, Parliament, MP, Defra, farming, agriculture, soil degradation, blog, efra committee, inquiry, scrutiny, neil parish mp, Derek Sivyer

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The political case for AD starts with you!

What’s changed? HM Treasury appears to be refusing to participate in constructive dialogue on the vital role of renewables in a thriving UK economy, and each government department is currently pre-occupied grappling with how to meet the hefty cost reductions demanded of them. Although the government has said…

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Tags: lobbying, mps, Parliament, lec, cuts, DECC, treasury, degression, campaign, Derek Sivyer

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Energy Secretary cornered on renewables policy

As well as updating members on ADBA's conversation with the Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change, this blog urges members to submit written contributions to the relevant House of Commons Committee concerning the impact recent DECC policy has had on investor confidence.   ADBA today joined a…

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Tags: blog, Parliament, DECC, amber rudd, angus macneil, energy security, low-carbon energy, energy & climate change committee, secretary of state, national grid, gas, HGV, energy networks association, Derek Sivyer, inquiry

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Taking a lead on parliamentary scrutiny

Last month ADBA responded to the House of Commons Energy & Climate Change Committee’s request for industry feedback on the scrutiny body’s short and long term priorities.  ADBA was subsequently selected to join a roundtable debate in parliament as one of 60 organisations chosen from the…

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Tags: blog, ADBA news, energy & climate change committee, House of Commons, Parliament, ECC committee, DECC, mps, roundtable debate, angus macneil, indigenous gas, fracking, nuclear, localised energy, Renewable Energy Targets, cost-effectiveness, roi, scrutiny, parliamentary committees, government policy, Derek Sivyer

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Telegraph reports on hidden cost of soil degradation to the UK

The Daily Telegraph’s Contributing Editor, Geoffrey Lean, has today unveiled a Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology report that outlines how soil degradation is costing the UK £1.4 billion each year. The report notes that there is no UK wide monitoring of changes in soil health, highlighting how…

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Tags: daily telegraph, geoffrey lean, parliamentary office of science and technology, soil degradation, Parliament, government, soils, soil structure, soil quality, soil fertility, nutrients, biofertiliser, crop rotation, crop best practice, organic material, maize, digestate, roi, soil health, farming, blackgrass, nematodes, Derek Sivyer

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ADBA joins green lobby of Parliament

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As part of a lobbying strategy in partnership with other renewable and environmental organisations, Charlotte Morton joined ADBA’s policy team in the House of Commons for a “speed up-dating” event aimed at engaging Members of Parliament from across the political spectrum. Despite most MPs being broadly…

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Tags: lobbying, Parliament, mps, political, Charlotte Morton, Derek Sivyer

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