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Reflecting on 2018 and looking ahead to 2019

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2018 began with much expectation surrounding the reforms to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), with the surprise general election of 2017 delaying the passing of the regulations by over a year. Thankfully, after a concerted effort from all corners of the industry, the reformed regulations came into effect on 22nd May 2018…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, biomethane, food waste operators, crop operators, RHI, renewable financial incentives, beis, Defra, Ofgem, rhi tariff guarantees, Renewable Heat Incentive, health and harmony, brexit, on-farm AD, spending review, thom koller

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New Ofgem guidance issued to support FIT closure

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Following the government response to the recent Feed-in Tariff consultation on the closure of the scheme on 31 March 2019, Ofgem has issued updated guidance. You can download the FIT Guidance for Renewable Installations (version 13) here. This provides an overview of the FIT scheme, its eligibility criteria and explains the process of…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, food waste operators, crop operators, consultation, feed-in tariff, FIT, beis, Ofgem, grace periods, thom koller

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Exponential increase of biomethane in the national production of sustainable renewable fuels

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Biofuels production is steadily increasing in the UK. During the last Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO)'s complete reporting period (April 2017- April 2018), 1,624 million litres equivalent of renewable fuel were supplied in the country. This accounts for 3% of the total road and non-road mobile machinery fuel use. Considering the…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, biofuels, biomethane as a transport fuel, renewable energy directive, RTFO, alberto rocamora

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BEIS takes first step on path to long-term heat decarbonisation

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As part of their work on the long-term decarbonisation of heat in buildings and industry, BEIS has been reviewing the available evidence base on different approaches that may be taken. They have today released a report on this evidence that provides an overview of the key issues arising from their…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, biomethane, food waste operators, crop operators, RHI, renewable financial incentives, beis, evidence review, decarbonisation, heat, heat decarbonisation, Renewable Heat Incentive, innovation, thom koller

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Resources and Waste Strategy: implications for AD and timetable for implementation

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As our previous blogs have detailed, today saw the release of Defra's Resources and Waste Strategy. Click here to read our press release and further comments. The Strategy marks the first major change to waste management in England in over a decade. This ambitious Strategy has been warmly received…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, biomethane, food waste operators, crop operators, food waste, Defra, resources and waste strategy, consultation, framework for greater consistency in household recycling in england, thom koller

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Government responds to FIT consultation & fails to act on replacement generating equipment

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During the summer the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) consulted on the closure of the Feed-in Tariff and administrative measures. The government response to this consultation has today been published. You can access the full text of the response here. Government has considered the comments and…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, food waste operators, crop operators, FIT, feed-in tariff, fit closure, chp replacement, beis, emiliano lewis, thom koller

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Scotland’s Just Transition Commission to support carbon neutral economy

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The first members of Scotland’s Just Transition Commission have been announced, alongside publication of the body’s remit. The Commission will look at how to maximise the social and economic opportunities offered by moving to a carbon neutral economy and will be chaired by Professor Jim Skea.…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, biomethane, food waste operators, crop operators, Scotland, adba scottish national conference 2019, roseanna cunningham msp, just transition commission, decarbonisation, carbon neutral, thom koller

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The Fertilisers Regulation is ready to be adopted by the EU institutions

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The agreement reached last 20th of November between negotiators from the European Parliament and the Council has been validated by the Permanent Ambassadors to the European Union, the COREPER, on the basis of the European Commission 2016 proposal. With this procedure, the proposal amending 2003/2003 Regulation (and later amends) is ready to…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biofertiliser, eu fertiliser regulations, fertiliser, digestate, brexit, alberto rocamora

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BEIS wants bigger role for heat networks

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The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has presented a policy paper, Heat networks: ensuring sustained investment and protecting consurmers.   The role of heat networks in decarbonising heating The paper recognises the need to decarbonise heating and the challenge of this sector to contribute with the 2050 UK…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, biomethane, combined heat and power, district heat, district heating, heat networks, RHI, hnip, heat network investment project, renewable financial incentives, beis, alberto rocamora, consultation

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BEIS take first steps on future heat policy: biogas in off gas grid properties

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In March, the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published a call for evidence to seek views on how industry, government and consumers could work together to phase out the installation of high carbon fossil fuels from rural homes and businesses off the gas grid during the 2020s. …

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, food waste operators, crop operators, RHI, renewable financial incentives, heat network investment project, heat networks, beis, future frameworks for heat in buildings, ad chp, consultation, biopropane, off gas grid, thom koller

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AD operators face new permitting and emissions requirements – top tips for preparing for regulatory

With many sectors about to be affected by the Medium Combustion Plant Directive, Jess Allan (Principal Consultant at WYG and former Environment and Regulation Manager at the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association) asks whether the AD industry is ready and sets out three top tips for operators.   What is…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, food waste operators, crop operators, mcpd, medium combustion plant directive, jess allan, wyg, Environment Agency, air quality and emissions show, permitting, CHP, standard rules permits, emissions

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Climate-committed organisations and politicians demand to achieve carbon neutrality

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On the 5th of December, All-Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group, All Party Sustainable Resource Group, Carbon Connect, Westminster Sustainable Business Forum and the Sustainable Resource Forum, with the coordination of Policy Connect, organized a Christmas reception under the name of Net Zero Britain. The event counted with the a…

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Tags: climate change, zero emissions, zero carbon britain, Policy Connect, alberto rocamora

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Growing the Bioeconomy: government issues bioeconomy strategy

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The government has today published its bioeconomy strategy, Growing the Bioeconomy, following consultation at the end of 2016. You can view the Strategy here. For reference you can download ADBA's submission here. According to the government, "The bioeconomy represents the economic potential of harnessing the power of bioscience, using renewable…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, biomethane, food waste operators, crop operators, bioeconomy, bioeconomy strategy, beis, innovation, centre for anaerobic biotechnology and bioresources research, thom koller

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New applications for RHI Tariff Guarantee as BEIS confirm January 2019 biomethane tariff degression

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As we suggested in previous blogs, BEIS has now confirmed that on the 1st January 2019 a 15% degression for biomethane and large biogas plants will come into effect. Last Friday, BEIS released their latest Quarterly Forecasts for the Non-domestic RHI scheme, which also confirmed that there will be…

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Long-term heat decarbonisation: BEIS issue evidence review of bioenergy potential to 2050

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The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has released a review of the main sources evidence which consider the costs, greenhouse gas emissions and potential for biomass to 2050 that could be used to supply and decarbonise heat. You can download this evidence review here: Bioenergy heat pathways to 2050:…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, biomethane, food waste operators, crop operators, market potential, beis, energy crops, straw, algae, crop residues, food waste, feedstocks, thom koller

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