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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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ADBA attends meeting in Wales: how can we support the industry to improve standards?

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Last week Emi, ADBA’s Market Analyst, represented ADBA at a meeting with key industry stakeholders in Wales. Entitled the ‘AD Intervention Strategy’, and run by Severn Wye Energy Agency, the meeting was attended by representatives from Natural Resources Wales, Welsh Government and industry. ADBA was pleased…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, Wales, natural resources wales, regulation, best practice scheme, standards, health and safety, environment

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

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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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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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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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