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£40 million awarded to Councils for low emission buses

As part of the Clean Bus Technology Fund, which was launched in 2017, the Joint Air Quality Unit has today announced awards totaling £40 million to local authorities across the UK to support efforts to improve air quality in UK towns and cities. Using the money councils will be able to…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biomethane, food waste operators, crop operators, clean bus technology fund, nusrat ghani mp, biomethane as a transport fuel, biomethane buses, Defra, DfT, thom koller

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Defra consults on proposals to reduce waste crime and boost operator competence

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Defra is currently consulting on a range of proposals relating to reducing waste crime – a topic that does not have a huge impact in the AD sector compared with, for example, metal recycling. However, there are a few relevant aspects to the consultation which we may respond to in…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, Defra, waste crime consultation, exemptions, operator competence, management systems, food waste operators

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PRESS RELEASE: Anaerobic digestion industry welcomes Environment Plan soil health goal

The UK’s anaerobic digestion (AD) industry has welcomed a target from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) for all of England’s soils to be “managed sustainably” by 2030, calling it “an important step in the right direction” towards restoring the UK’s soils.

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Tags: adba press release, soil health, biofertiliser, Defra, Charlotte Morton, environment plan, anaerobic digestion, food waste collections, farming

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Focus on Soil Health in 25 Year Plan for Nature

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Theresa May has launched DEFRA’s long-awaited 25 Year Plan for Nature, a comprehensive assessment of  what steps the Government will take in order to safeguard our land, water and air for future generations. While the main headline focus has been on plastics reduction, the strategy contains important ambitions…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, digestate, soil, food waste, Defra, farming

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EU Circular Economy Package Agreed - AD to boom across EU

In December the European Commission, Council and Parliament provisionally agreed the Circular Economy Package of measures in waste, which they have been negotiating for many years. This agreement moves the EU towards a higher level of sustainability in waste management over the coming ten years or so, with some stretching…

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Tags: European Union, circular economy package, anaerobic digestion, biogas, food waste, Defra

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PRESS RELEASE: Lord Deben - anaerobic digestion central to policy goals

Deben is Chair of Committee on Climate Change and former Environment Secretary Deben was speaking at ADBA National Conference 2017 Said “AD’s story needs to be told much more widely” Former Environment Secretary and current Committee on Climate Change Chair Lord Deben has described anaerobic digestion (AD)…

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Tags: press release, committee on climate change, anaerobic digestion, adba national conference 2017, ad certification scheme, Defra

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Industrial Strategy Highlights Bioeconomy

Overshadowed somewhat by the announcement of the Royal Wedding today, the Government has published the details of its long-awaited Industrial Strategy and associated sector deals. ADBA has been engaging with the key Government departments to ensure that AD and bioresources industry are recognised in this process and positively, the Strategy…

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New £40 million funding available to boost farm productivity

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The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) have opened a new £40 million grants scheme for investment in farm technology and equipment. Speaking at the 2017 World Dairy Summit in Belfast, the Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, will invite farmers and food processors to apply for grants under the Countryside…

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Tags: Defra, agriculture, funding opportunity, anaerobic digestion, biogas, UK AD & Biogas, productivity, heat use, renewable electricity, renewable heat, emiliano lewis

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Medium Combustion Plant Directive: hear about permitting implications at Regulatory Forum

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As Thom reported in his blog at the end of August, last year Defra consulted on transposing the Medium Combustion Plant Directive (MCPD) into UK legislation and introducing emission controls for certain generators in England and Wales. You can access the consultation proposals here. This will be implemented…

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ADBA attends Defra Biowaste Regulatory Forum meeting

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This week I attended Defra’s Biowaste Regulatory Forum, which is a meeting of trade bodies and professional organisations and Defra and the regulators. It is designed to be an opportunity for the industry to share updates with the regulators and vice versa. It also enables any actions to…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, Environment Agency, Defra, regulation, food waste operators, crop operators

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DEFRA report: Maize grown for AD

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According to the latest figures published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the amount of land used to grow maize for AD in England is on the rise. The report titled “Farming statistics – final crop areas and cattle, sheep and pig populations” gives…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, UK AD & Biogas, maize, energy crops, emiliano lewis, Defra

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New Medium Combustion Plant permitting and emissions compliance

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At the end of last year Defra consulted on transposing the Medium Combustion Plant Directive into and introducing emission controls for certain generators in England and Wales. You can access the consultation proposals here. “Medium combustion plants” mean a combustion plant with a rated thermal input equal…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, food waste operators, crop operators, permits, consultation, Defra, emissions monitoring, emissions limits, nox, thom koller

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The Future of On Farm AD (part 1)

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With a new government in place, declining financial incentives for energy generation and a need to replace the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) that currently supports British farming, ADBA is developing new policy recommendations relating to the energy and non-energy related benefits of AD. AD provides on-site energy for farms…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, biomethane, crop operators, renewable financial incentives, digestate, on farm ad, future of on farm ad, Defra, thom koller

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Farmers’ appetite for AD on the rise

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The use of anaerobic digestion (AD) by English farmers to treat their wastes is firmly on the rise, shows a latest report from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). Results from DEFRA’s Farm Practices Survey 2017, which focused on practices relating to greenhouse gas mitigation, shows…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, farm AD, Defra, farm slurry, crop feedstocks, UK AD & Biogas, emiliano lewis

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Air quality and the role of biomethane

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Yesterday the Government released its plans to tackle air pollution. The move followed two court cases which the Government lost, whereby they were instructed to produce and then improve a response. This resulted in a consultation on improving air quality: reducing nitrogen dioxide in our towns and cities. You can…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, biomethane, food waste operators, crop operators, RTFO, consultation, air quality, Defra, DfT, nox, Climate Change Act, decarbonisation, Biomethane and Gas Vehicle Conference, thom koller

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