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ADBA analysis - AD crops little impact on UK food output

We've long argued that using crops for AD in reasonable amounts is a good thing. It diversifies farm incomes, allows the profitable introduction of longer crop rotations, reduces emissions and stores carbon in soils.  ADBA has analysed data produced by the Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board and…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, biomethane, crop operators, RHI, farm AD, national conference 2017, crop ad

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New government focus on soil health

The Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has highlighted the current threat to UK agricultural productivity of depleted soils. He said "We have encouraged a type of farming which has damaged the earth”. According to a Guardian article, Michael Gove said "the UK is 30-40…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, crop operators, soil health, organic matter, michael gove

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Royal Agricultural Society of England AD report - still the best around

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It was written in 2011 but is still the best available publication on the benefits of on-farm AD. A Review of Anaerobic Digestion Plants on UK Farms, by Angela Bywater for the Royal Agricultural Society of England, covers not only a history of on farm plants in the UK and an…

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Tags: farm AD, anaerobic digestion, biogas, crop operators, RASE, a review of anaerobic digestion plants on uk farms, angela bywater

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Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) changes delayed until new year

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The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has this week informed us that the legislation required to introduce the increased biomethane and biogas tariffs, tariff guarantees and crop restrictions to the RHI, will be delayed until the start of next year. They had aimed to introduce legislation this…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, RHI, biomethane, crop operators, beis, Renewable Heat Incentive

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ADBA introductory guide to the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO)

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Following the recent government response to the consultaiton on the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) ADBA has written a brief introductory guide to the scheme. In this guide for ADBA members we outline what the RTFO is and how operators can get it. We set out: What the current obligation…

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Tags: biomethane, anaerobic digestion, food waste operators, crop operators, RHI, renewable financial incentives, RTFO, Department for Transport, biomethane as a transport fuel, biomethane in transport, biomethane vehicles, adba introductory guide to the rtfo

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Draft consultation response on derogations for Light Commercial Vehicles

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The Department for Transport is consulting on proposals to allow category B (car) licence holders to drive a slightly heavier vehicle, if it is powered by a low emission technology, by offsetting the additional weight of the powertrain. This will help compensate for lost payload capacity due to the…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biomethane, food waste operators, crop operators, DfT, biomethane in transport, consultation, biomethane as a transport fuel, category b licence, thom koller

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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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Draft ADBA response on RHI eligible heat uses

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As we informed members a few weeks ago BEIS has launched a new RHI consultation which includes proposes changes on eligible heat uses. For our complete top-level briefing on the consultation click here and for a detailed assessment of the aspects of the consultation relating to…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, food waste operators, crop operators, RHI, heat use, eligible heat, biomass drying, consultation, beis, thom koller

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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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CHP replacement update

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During the last year, ADBA has sought clarification from Ofgem and BEIS on how they would interpret replacement of CHP installations under the FIT. Earlier this year, ADBA joined with other trade associations representing the other FIT technologies (the British Hydropower Association (BHA), the Renewable Energy Association (REA), RenewableUK, Scottish…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, food waste operators, crop operators, FIT, Ofgem, beis, consultation, chp replacement, unused capacity

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Ofgem set out engagement plan for RIIO-2

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In July we informed members about Ofgem's plans for the RIIO-2 framework review. RIIO stands for 'Revenue = Incentives + Innovation + Outputs', and it is the formula through which energy price controls are established. The current 8-year price controls for gas and electricity transmission networks and gas distribution networks end…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, biomethane, consultation, Ofgem, riio-2, price controls, gas distribution network, transmission network, electricity distribution network, thom koller, food waste operators, crop operators

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DfT respond to RTFO consultation

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RTFO consultation Following consultation on the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation (RTFO) in November 2016 the Department for Transport (DfT) has today published its response. The main developments of interest to AD are: Increasing the obligation level to 9.75% in 2020, rising to 12.4% in 2032; An additional target for development fuels at 0.1% in 2019, rising to 2.8%…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biomethane, food waste operators, crop operators, biomethane as a transport fuel, biomethane in transport, Biomethane and Gas Vehicle Conference, 7% crop cap, RTFO, consultation, DfT, weights and dimensions, GHG emissions

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

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Proposed changes to RHI eligible heat uses

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As we detailed earlier in the week, BEIS has launched a new RHI consultation which includes proposes changes on eligible heat uses, very large plant limits, and new rules on multiple installations and the registering of biomethane plants. You may click here to read our…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, crop operators, food waste operators, biogas heat, eligible heat, consultation, beis, biomass drying, digestate drying, thom koller

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New guidance coming for alternative fuel infrastructure

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Last October, DfT consulted on the transposition of European Commission Directive 2014/94/EC which relates to Alternative Fuel Infrastructure. The Directive is designed to deliver a build-up of alternative fuels infrastructure that is compliant with common technical standards, so as to facilitate a faster transition to cleaner transport and support…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biomethane, food waste operators, crop operators, consultation, DfT, OLEV, alternative fuels infrastructure, biomethane vehicles, biomethane as a transport fuel, thom koller

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