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SEPA consults on revised Compliance Assessment Scheme

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The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has opened a consultation on its Compliance Assessment Scheme (CAS), which it uses to determine how well an operator is complying with their environmental obligations. SEPA has used their CAS since 2009, when it was brought in to provide a common framework for compliance assessment…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, SEPA, Scotland, food waste, food waste operators, regulation, environmental permitting

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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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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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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, opra, Environment Agency, regulatory forum, regulation

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Regulatory Forum a great success – thank you to all involved!

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Thanks to a great set of speakers and a lively audience, ADBA’s Spring Regulatory Forum proved an interesting and thought-provoking day. Huge thanks to our hosts, Clarke Willmott, who provided an excellent venue and refreshments at their Bristol office. Thanks also to all those who presented and attended…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, food waste operators, crop operators, regulatory forum, regulation, environmental permitting, BREF

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Environment Agency proposes major overhaul of operator performance assessment

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Last week I attended a workshop run by the Environment Agency (EA) which focussed on how they intend to change their approach to assessing the performance of the operators that they regulate. The review covers all of the sectors regulated by the EA and is separate but potentially linked to…

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

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SEPA proposes simplification of environmental regulation in Scotland

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The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is undertaking a consultation on proposals to simplify its approach to environmental regulation by developing an integrated authorisation framework that they believe will enable ‘innovation and proportionate, joined up, outcome focussed regulation, that significantly simplifies the regulatory landscape and reduces regulatory burden.’ …

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Save the date for our free Regulatory Forum – May 2017

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Our Spring Regulatory Forum is now set for 23rd May in Bristol so please do save the date. We will be confirming further details and how to book over the coming weeks. Whatever your role in the AD industry, the Regulatory Forum is the event to attend in order to…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, food waste operators, regulation, environmental permitting, Environment Agency, best practice scheme

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BEIS and Ofgem set out designs for a smart and flexible energy system

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Yesterday BEIS and Ofgem launched a call for evidence on how to develop the UK energy system so that it is smart and flexible, and captures all benefits for consumers and businesses. The new department’s focus on industrial strategy is beginning to emerge, and Secretary of State Greg…

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Tags: beis, Ofgem, consultation, anaerobic digestion, biogas, crop operators, food waste operators, innovation, feed-in tariffs, regulation, flexible generation

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Scotland pushes further ahead on waste policy

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The Scottish Environment Protection Agency, SEPA, has published “One Planet Prosperity – A Waste to Resources Framework”, which outlines how it intends to drive down waste production and keep valuable materials circulating for as long as possible, whilst preventing and tackling the harms associated with waste management and…

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Tags: SEPA, Scottish Government, Scotland, Waste, food waste, anaerobic digestion, biogas, regulation, Matt Hindle

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Regulatory Forum review: ‘To Compliance and Beyond’

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Thank you to all who attended the Autumn Regulatory Forum this week, it was great to see a wide range of ADBA members and to hear a variety of perspectives. Particular thanks to our hosts Walker Morris for providing the venue and an excellent lunch. The day was packed…

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Tags: regulatory forum, anaerobic digestion, biogas, regulation, food waste operators, crop operators, training, safety and environment working group, digestate, fire prevention, lightning, Environment Agency, SEPA, best practice scheme

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Operators and Regulators have their say on AD best practice

PRESS RELEASE Date: 17 June 2016 Embargo: Immediate A consultation on improving standards for AD operations has closed this week, before ADBA’s Best Practice Scheme checklists are launched at UK AD & Biogas on 6 July. The project will help AD plants improve their environmental, health and safety and operational performance.…

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Tags: ADBA, best practice, best practice scheme, EA, Environment Agency, HSE, apha, Defra, jessica allan, Matt Hindle, Charlotte Morton, anaerobic digestion, biogas, biomethane, food waste operators, crop operators, regulation

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One whey or another: How do you classify whey?

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We are seeking evidence from our members who are aware of projects that involve the use of whey or whey permeate as a feedstock in AD. We are aware of an apparent conflict of opinion regarding the classification of these feedstocks as waste or non-waste. Whey is a by-product of…

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Tags: whey permeate, anaerobic digestion, cheese, EA, food waste, regulation, environmental permitting, End of waste, jess allan, crop operators

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Waste exemptions review – one week left to give your views

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As I explained in a previous blog, the EA are currently reviewing the waste exemptions system. Ian Brindley, who is leading the review, provided an update on this at our Regulatory Forum last week. It is important that our members understand the potential implications of this review; this blog provides…

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Tags: exemptions, EA, anaerobic digestion, food waste operators, on farm ad, regulation, environmental permitting, jess allan, Defra

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AD on the verge of facilitating important wildlife conservation

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A research project based in Lincolnshire has been looking into the feasibility of using roadside verge biomass in AD. This would provide ecological benefits as the verges would be better managed for high biodiversity.

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Tags: r&d dissemination, anaerobic digestion, EA, crop operators, regulation, environmental permitting, jess allan, conservation

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Better Regulation: ADBA takes part in workshop on Cutting Red Tape

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As Will explained in his blog back in July, the government are undertaking a ‘Cutting Red Tape’ review of the waste sector. The review is being led by Defra in conjunction with the Cabinet Office and the Better Regulation Executive (BRE) in BIS. The purpose of the review…

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Tags: EA, Defra, regulation, food waste operators, jess allan, anaerobic digestion, innovation

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