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Executive Dinner Debate: food & fuel, not food vs. fuel

ADBA’s first dinner debate has concluded that the anaerobic digestion (AD) industry needs to ‘move the debate’ on sustainability and demonstrate that food and fuel production is complementary rather than competing. Held in central London under Chatham House Rule, the debate included farmers, farming bodies, AD…

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Tags: executive dinner debate, chatham house rule, sustainability, food vs fuel, bioenergy, biodiversity, crop, press release, Derek Sivyer

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Members’ views needed to direct future transport policy

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As per my previous blog in December, the DfT has set up several working groups in an attempt to identify options for meeting the RED renewable transport fuel target for 2020 and looking beyond to 2030. The working groups are due to report back to the high level group in February, in…

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Tags: DfT, biomethane in transport, RTFO, sustainability, biofuels, low carbon fuel, HGV, GHG emissions, will bushby, transport energy task force

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Transport Energy Task Force - Help us direct future DfT policy

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To help the current and future Government identify options for meeting the RED renewable transport fuel target for 2020 and looking beyond to 2030 the DfT has set up the Transport Energy Task Force. The Task Force is organised into a high-level group and five working groups, of which ADBA are taking…

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Tags: DfT, biomethane in transport, RTFO, sustainability, biofuels, low carbon fuel, HGV, GHG emissions, will bushby, transport energy task force

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RHI sustainability criteria regulations published

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Earlier this week, the government laid new RHI regulations covering sustainability criteria. These are available in full here, for those who enjoy reading Statutory Instruments in full. The regulations are now passing through Parliament, and assuming no problems in that process they will be in place in February Sustainability Criteria …

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Tags: DECC, renewable financial incentives, RHI, financial incentives, biomethane, sustainability criteria, biogas, CHP, Matt Hindle, sustainability

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London Infrastructure Plan 2050 - ADBA’s response submitted

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The Mayor of London recently asked for views on the capital's first long term infrastructure plan, the consultation aimed to gain views on how London can grow and develop. This could have significant implications for future recycling services and the use of biomethane in vehicles. Following my blog on 24…

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Tags: Mayor of London, Circular Economy, London, sustainability, will bushby, consultation, food waste operators, Waste, energy

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London Infrastructure Plan 2050

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The Mayor of London has asked for views on London's first long-term infrastructure plan. This is a consultation about London's growth and contains a number of issues relevant to the future of resources and energy in the capital. The 'London Infrastructure Plan 2050 A Consultation' document sets out what…

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Tags: Mayor of London, Circular Economy, London, sustainability, will bushby, consultation, food waste operators

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European policy update: renewable energy, end of waste and more

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Last week we spent two days at the European Biogas Association conference. We represented the UK industry in a number of discussions, and our notes on the sessions we attended are below.  (A quick note on terminology for those less familiar with Brussels - the European Commission is divided…

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Tags: Matt Hindle, European Commission, renewable financial incentives, digestate, End of waste, european biogas association, transport, biomethane, sustainability, crop operators, food waste operators

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Update on biomethane sustainability criteria

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We held our latest meeting with DECC on biomethane sustainability criteria yesterday, following discussions over the past few weeks. Notes from this meeting are below. Meeting with DECC, 11 September 2014 DECC: Andy Davey, Pete Burnill (RHI team); Philip Sargent (Engineer, Strategy and Evidence Group) Trade Associations: Matt Hindle, Ollie More (ADBA);…

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Tags: biomethane, crop, crop feedstocks, DECC, Matt Hindle, RHI, sustainability, sustainability criteria

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New concerns on DECC RHI sustainability criteria

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Since attending a workshop on the RHI sustainability criteria last week we’ve been receiving some worrying signals from DECC over the criteria. We’re concerned about the stage at which the emission saving against the fossil fuel comparator needs to be made for biomethane (i.e. the 125 kg co…

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Tags: DECC, Ofgem, Ollie More, Renewable Heat Incentive, RHI, sustainability, sustainability criteria

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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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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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Sustainability Reporting: New Ofgem Guidance

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Earlier this year we responded to an Ofgem consultation on revised guidance for complying with Renewables Obligation sustainability criteria. The final documents have now been published and are available as follows: Guidance on Fuel Measurement and Sampling and a Specific AD Fuel Measurement and Sampling Questionnaire Sustainability Criteria Guidance Sustainability…

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Tags: DECC, Matt Hindle, Ofgem, renewable financial incentives, RHI, RO, sustainability, sustainability criteria

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RO and RHI sustainability criteria update

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Last week we responded to an Ofgem consultation on guidance for complying with sustainability criteria for the Renewables Obligation. The guidance – consisting of three documents which also cover Fuel Measurement and Sampling and guidance on the RO sustainability audit process – applies to current requirements for reporting sustainability, which will become…

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Tags: bioenergy, DECC, Matt Hindle, Ofgem, purpose grown crops, RHI, RO, sustainability, sustainability criteria

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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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Party Conferences: What's on the ADgenda?

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As the party conference season kicks off in Glasgow, the week has started with stories about the debate within the Lib Dems on the direction of the economic recovery. Yesterday, however, the Lib Dems did agree on the importance of green growth to economic prosperity, adopting a policy paper on…

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Tags: climate change targets, Conservatives, DECC, Defra, financial incentives, food waste, green growth, Labour, Lib Dems, Matt Hindle, party conferences, sustainability

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