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Amendment to RTFO & £4m funding boost announced for gas refuelling infrastructure

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Welcome news has arrived for the transport sector this week, with £4m committed to delivering gas refuelling infrastructure and a change to the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation (RTFO) which will lead to better incentivisation of the direct use of biomethane in transport. Both of these developments are explained further below. …

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Tags: biomethane as a transport fuel, DfT, gas vehicles, HGV Gas Strategy, Jordan Marshall, Low Emission HGV Task Force, refuelling infrastructure

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Energy security increasingly worrying public, DECC survey shows

Concerns over energy supply and climate change are becoming ever more important issues in the public’s eyes, with 53% identifying these two areas as one of the top three challenges the UK is facing – up by 10% since respondents were surveyed last year. DECC’s latest public attitudes tracking survey also…

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Tags: climate change, DECC, energy security, Jordan Marshall, public opinion

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£400,000 WRAP loans now available to support on-farm AD projects

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WRAP’s £3m small scale on-farm AD fund has today been expanded to allow farmers to apply for a loan of up to £400,000 to build plants up to 250kW treating farm manures and slurries. This follows the launch of the first stage of the fund in October 2013, which allowed farmers…

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Tags: Jordan Marshall, Loan Fund, on-farm AD, small scale AD, Wrap

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PAS 110 new contamination limits: last chance to comment

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As you are probably aware, the final debate on the revision of PAS 110 is around contamination limits. The current proposal is for the PAS110 steering group (SG) to agree on a revised (lower) physical contaminant limit level without further public consultation. This would enable the new PAS 110 to be published…

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Tags: food waste, Jordan Marshall, PAS 110

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ADBA to back AD's role in circular economy in parliamentary inquiry

We will shortly be responding to a Parliamentary inquiry into growing the circular economy, arguing that government should do more to support councils and businesses to roll out separate food waste collections. By removing unavoidable food waste from household and commercial waste and prioritising it for AD, contamination of other…

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Food waste collections: Lords back best practice model for England

A much publicised Lords report into food waste prevention has labelled the quantities of food waste “morally repugnant”, and has largely placed the blame with supermarkets and food retailers for practices such as BOGOF offers. Key recommended actions to cut food waste include tax breaks such as VAT exemptions to…

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Tags: food waste prevention, House of Lords, Jordan Marshall, separate food waste collections, source segregation

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Updated 2014/15 FIT & RHI tariffs

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With the start of the new financial year, Feed-in Tariff (FIT) and Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) support (for both existing and new accreditations) has been adjusted for inflation. On top of degression for small scale FIT projects, this leaves the following FIT tariffs effective from 1 April 2014: ≤250 kW = 12.46p/kWh >25…

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Tags: Feed-in-Tariff, financial incentives, FIT, Jordan Marshall, Renewable Heat Incentive, RHI

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Waste management policy in England: inquiry launched

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Given Defra’s intention of “stepping back” in areas of waste management where there is no clear market failure, a parliamentary inquiry has been launched to investigate Defra’s existing municipal waste management policies and what impact a reduction in their activities will have. Notably, the committee has specifically asked…

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Tags: AD Strategy & Action Plan, Defra, Jordan Marshall, separate food waste collections, source segregation, waste management

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Food waste landfill ban could create over 12,000 jobs

12,100 skilled jobs could be created if food waste was banned from landfill, according to recent figures from the think-tank Green Alliance. The publication cites an AD plant manager, with skills in SCADA training and HNC engineering as an example of the type of jobs that could be created. The report…

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Tags: Defra, food waste, Green Alliance, Jordan Marshall, landfill ban, separate food waste collections

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State aid proposals: EU waters down FIT restriction

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The European Commission has published an updated draft of its state aid guidelines, which had originally proposed to limit support available to Feed-in Tariff projects to below 1MW. While the latest draft disappointingly proposes to further limit support available under FIT schemes to 500kW, the proposals also seem to offer…

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Tags: DECC, EU, European Commission, European Union, Feed-in-Tariff, financial incentives, FIT, Jordan Marshall, state aid

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Parliamentary inquiry: Growing the circular economy

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A parliamentary committee is undertaking an inquiry into growing the circular economy, presenting an excellent opportunity to make the case for the economic and environmental benefits that anaerobic digestion (AD) and separate food waste collections can deliver. The Environmental Audit Committee’s inquiry will examine the potential economic value of…

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Tags: Circular Economy, Jordan Marshall, Parliament

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FIT 6 monthly degression: pre-applications by September 2014

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In a correction from previous advice we may have given, developers will need to apply for preliminary accreditation by 30 September 2014 in order to lock in a Feed-in-Tariff rate prior to a possible degression in October 2014, which is based on deployment between January-June 2014. Ofgem’s guidance (page 36) states that: ‘Installations granted…

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Tags: degression, Feed-in-Tariff, FIT, Jordan Marshall, Ofgem, pre-accreditation, preliminary accreditation

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DECC confirms post-RO settlement

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DECC has this week confirmed how the transition from the Renewables Obligation (RO) to Contracts for Difference (CfD) will operate, including a 12 month grace period for those commissioning close to the closure of the RO to new generation in 2017. As noted, one of the most relevant aspects of this decision…

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Tags: CfD, Contracts for Difference, DECC, grace periods, Jordan Marshall, Renewables Obligation, RO

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DfT publish industry recommendations to boost gas vehicle market

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The Department for Transport (DfT) has today published recommendations to support the biomethane and gas vehicle market, agreed by the Low Emission HGV Task Force group which ADBA sat on. Included within the recommendations are: Reviewing the case for allowing recognition for the certified use of biomethane as a transport…

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Tags: biomethane as a transport fuel, biomethane certification, CNG, DfT, gas vehicle, Jordan Marshall, LNG, RTFO, separate food waste collections

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Avoiding wasted heat: Scottish Government consults

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As part of a consultation on decarbonising heat, the Scottish Government has asked for evidence on how AD projects can be encouraged to avoid wasting heat. DECC made a disappointing decision in December that existing biogas CHP plants that are currently wasting heat, as the high cost of installing heat…

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Tags: heat use, Jordan Marshall, RHI, Scotland, Scottish Government, waste heat

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