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An insight into the issues facing the AD sector in Scotland

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Last week, Charlotte Morton (Chief Executive) and I headed to Edinburgh for a packed day of meetings with contacts in the Scottish AD sector. We look forward to continuing these discussions with others at our upcoming Scottish National Conference, which you can find out about here. Our first meeting last…

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Impact of the EA’s charges review – will your annual charges double? See our draft response.

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As reported previously, the Environment Agency (EA) are currently consulting on their review of charges, which proposes dramatic rises in the annual fees that operators will pay. In some cases, the increases will more than double the existing charge. In addition, permit application fees are proposed to increase, along with…

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Opportunity to participate in a research project on alternative grid connections

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Sonya Bedford, Team Leader and Partner at Stephens Scown LLP’s Energy Team, is currently undertaking a research project as part of her MSc in Renewable Energy. Sonya will be familiar to many ADBA members, given her experience in the sector. There is a great opportunity for members to…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, research, grid connections, DNO, alternative grid connection

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IEA holding free webinar on measuring methane emissions at AD plants

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We would like to highlight an opportunity to take part in a free webinar run by IEA Bioenergy, entitled ‘Methane Emissions from Biogas Plants: Methods for Measurement, Results and Effect on Greenhouse Gas Balance of Electricity Produced’. The webinar will be presented by Dr Jan Liebetrau. This topic…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, emissions monitoring, ammonia emissions, methane leakage, international energy agency iea

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Ofgem publishes draft guidance for new rules under the Renewables Obligation

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Ofgem has published a series of draft changes to their guidance as a result of the ‘Renewables Obligation (Amendment) Regulations 2017’. These were published on 20 December. The new regulations introduce rules for bioliquids, wastes and residues under the Renewables Obligation, which came into force on 1 January 2018 for England, Wales,…

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Member feedback needed - EA charging proposals

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Firstly, Happy New Year to all our members! Now that 2018 has begun, we are fast approaching the deadline for responses to the Environment Agency's consultation on its charges. We urgently need feedback from our members (especially operators) about how the proposals will affect your businesses. Before Christmas, we produced…

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Tags: biogas, anaerobic digestion, Environment Agency, charges, regulation, waste permitting, strategic review of charges

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Defra issues summary of implementation of Medium Combustion Plant Directive

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Defra has circulated a brief summary factsheet and Q&A document regarding the implementation of the Medium Combustion Plant Directive (MCPD) and associated emission controls. The MCPD will be implemented via the Environmental Permitting Regulations, with the new regulations being laid on 11th December. It is understood that the…

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Opportunity to attend EA workshop on landspreading permitting - respond asap

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We have been asked to extend the invite below to our members on behalf of the Environment Agency (EA). If you operate under landspreading permits and have feedback or ideas about how the process could be improved, please get involved - you can respond directly to the EA using the…

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Impact of EA charges review on AD sector: member briefing

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As reported upon the consultation's launch, the EA are currently consulting on their proposed review of charges. Originally, the consultation was proposed to be closed on 12 January 2018, but following widespread calls from industry bodies including ADBA, it will now run until 26 January 2018. The consultation is wide-ranging and will have…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, Environment Agency, charges, strategic review of charges, food waste operators, permits, waste regulation

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Important: feedback requested from EA on use of up-flow anaerobic sludge blanket systems

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The Environment Agency (EA) has sought feedback from industry on whether operators are using the Regulatory Position Statement (RPS) on the use of ‘up-flow anaerobic sludge blanket anaerobic digestion systems’. The EA has a position statement on how they regulate this type of AD system if it is…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, Environment Agency, sludge, blanket, sludge blanket

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Defra focuses on ammonia emissions reduction from agriculture and AD

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In the last couple of months, ADBA has attended two meetings with Defra’s Air Quality team, designed to bring stakeholders together to consider how to achieve ammonia emissions reductions from agricultural sources and from AD/digestate activities. This blog summarises the discussions so far. Why is the reduction…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, ammonia emissions, digestate, digestate spreading, digestate storage

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Environment Agency consults on significant increases in charges

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The Environment Agency (EA), the main environmental regulator in England, has today released its consultation on its Strategic Review of Charges. The proposed changes will have financial implications for all AD operators who operate under environmental permits in England. You can read the full consultation here: https://www.gov.uk…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, Environment Agency, charges

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Training, Safety and Environment working group continues focus on odour

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Last week, we were pleased to hold a meeting of our Training, Safety and Environment working group. Hosted by Thomas Minter at Malaby Biogas in Wiltshire, attendees were able to tour the plant and listen to Thomas’s experience of developing and running an AD plant. Huge thanks to…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, training, safety and environment working group, environment, health and safety, training, secondary containment, bioaerosols, Environment Agency

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Our survey said – AD Certification Scheme!

Following weeks of consideration and engagement with stakeholders, culminating in a survey of our members and other interested parties, we have now decided to rename the Best Practice Scheme the AD Certification Scheme (ADCS). The scheme will sit within our ‘Best Practice Programme’ along with other work that…

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SEPA publishes findings of research project on plastic in food waste derived digestate

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The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has recently published the findings of a research project investigating plastic in digestate derived from food waste. For context, SEPA is aligning the physical contaminant limits in its ‘end of waste position’ for digestate with the limits in the Quality Meat Scotland…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, SEPA, Scotland, digestate, plastic, PAS110, End of waste, research

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