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Update on permitting, regulation and end of waste

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Earlier today I attended a meeting in Defra on biowaste regulation. Below are some notes and updates for members. For food waste operators, the update below on the development of fertilizer regulations - which builds on European End of Waste Work - is particularly important. Sector Performance The Environment Agency…

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Tags: Defra, EA, End of waste, Environment Agency, environmental permitting, Europe, European Commission, fertilizer directive, Matt Hindle, permitting, regulation, Waste

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News from the EBA: sustainability report published

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Shortly before the EU’s summer break, the Commission finally published a report on the sustainability of solid and gaseous biomass used for electricity, heating and cooling. It is a staff working document; thus not a Communication or a legislative act meaning that the Parliament and the Council do not…

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Tags: bioenergy, EBA, Europe, European Commission, Matt Hindle, sustainability, sustainability criteria

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AD operators: opportunity to contribute to new permitting regime

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As previous updates have said, the process of producing Europe-wide reference documents for Best Available Techniques (BAT) in waste treatment is underway. This could have a huge impact on environmental permitting for AD sites. Once the BAT Reference Document (BREF) is published all existing permits will be reviewed, and some…

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Tags: BREF, EA, Environment Agency, environmental permitting, Europe, European Commission, Matt Hindle, permitting

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Sustainability criteria: future European proposals

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Earlier this week I was in Brussels at a European Biogas Association event on the future of sustainability criteria. Although the development and implementation of criteria for the RO and RHI are of more immediate concern to the UK industry, they are ultimately based on the Renewable Energy Directive (RED)…

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Tags: EBA, Europe, European Commission, Matt Hindle, RED, renewable financial incentives, RHI, RO, sustainability, sustainability criteria

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News from EBA: new State Aid Guidelines could restrict FIT

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The European Biogas Association have today circulated the following news to members:As expected, the European Commission has today adopted the State Aid Guidelines that foresee the gradual introduction of competitive bidding processes for allocating public support and the gradual replacement of feed-in tariffs by feed-in premiums. The official adoption…

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Tags: DECC, Europe, European Commission, Feed-in-Tariff, FIT, Matt Hindle, renewable financial incentives, state aid

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Have your say on the future of permitting

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I’ve been in contact with a number of operators this week about the European ‘BREF’ process, which will have a major impact on the future of environmental permitting. ‘BREF’ refers to the reference documents for Best Available Technique (BAT), which sets out conclusions on what constitutes BAT for the…

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Tags: biowaste, BREF, Defra, EA, environmental permitting, Europe, European Commission, Matt Hindle, permitting, regulation, Waste

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European bodies agree transport gas infrastructure plan

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The European Parliament and the Council last week agreed an infrastructure plan for alternative fuels requiring Member States to establish publicly available CNG and LNG stations within certain distances. The compromise agreement does not live up to the Commission’s initial ambition: all specific targets have been removed and the…

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Tags: biomethane, biomethane vehicles, DfT, Europe, European Commission, European Parliament, Matt Hindle, transport

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DECC pushes Europe to maintain FIT support up to 5MW

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DECC have shared their response to the EU State Aid consultation which we also responded to in February. The annex to DECC’s document dealing with renewable energy support schemes is available to download here. They have agreed with our principle point, that Feed-in Tariff support should be retained for…

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Tags: EU, Europe, European Commission, FIT, Matt Hindle, renewable financial incentives

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Environmental permitting responses needed from operational sites

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The European BREF process – which could see major changes to permitting for AD plants – needs information from operators over the next few weeks to inform the development of new regulation. The Bureau coordinating BREF development has published questionnaires to aid their data gathering. The two key documents for the AD…

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Tags: BREF, EA, environmental permitting, Europe, European Commission, Matt Hindle, permitting, regulation

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European End of Waste criteria could be dropped

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Defra have heard informally that it is unlikely that the Commission will make a proposal for European-wide end of waste criteria. This seems to be a reaction to the difficulties of getting agreement on criteria for other materials such as paper. The UK should therefore be able to continue with…

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Tags: digestate, End of waste, Europe, European Commission, JRC, Matt Hindle

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Balance of Competences Review Published

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The UK Government has published the conclusions of its review of the ‘balance of competences’ between the EU and UK governments on the Environment and Climate Change. The report, which we contributed to, can be viewed here. It is one of a series of reports across different policy areas which…

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Tags: DECC, Defra, EU, Europe, European Commission, Matt Hindle, renewable financial incentives

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EBA present the latest biogas production stats for Europe

INDUSTRY PRESS RELEASE The new EBA President presents the latest European biogas statistics – growth continues! Speaking at the Biogas Convention and Trade Fair in Nuremberg newly elected EBA President, Dr Jan Štambaský said:Over 13800 biogas plants and nearly 7,5 GWel of installed capacity is a significant contribution to Europe’s energy…

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Tags: EBA, elections, Europe, growth

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ADBA welcomes EU Ministers' support for green economy

ADBA PRESS RELEASE Reacting to the launch of the Joint Pamphlet – Going for Green Growth at the European Green Growth Summit, Charlotte Morton, chief executive, ADBA, said: ‘Going for Green Growth’ is a timely reminder that supporting low-carbon technology is vital not just for environmental sustainability but…

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Tags: Europe, Going Green for Growth, green growth, low-carbon tech

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News from the EBA: Commission guidance risk to future renewable incentives

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The European Biogas Association has sent members an update on two European Commission documents which could have important implications for the future of renewable energy support. The Commission is planning to introduce revised state aid guidelines (from DG Competition) and guidance on support schemes (DG Energy), with a view to…

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Tags: EBA, Europe, European Commission, financial incentives, FITs, Matt Hindle

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News from the EBA: CAP reform package approved

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The following update comes from the European Biogas Association: The Special Committee on Agriculture of the EU Council has approved a compromise on the four texts in the CAP reform package on Monday 7 October. The European Parliament will vote this proposal in plenary session. If the outcome is successful, as…

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Tags: bioenergy, CAP, EBA, Europe, European Commission, Matt Hindle, sustainability

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