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Update on permitting, regulation and end of waste

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Earlier today I attended a meeting in Defra on biowaste regulation. Below are some notes and updates for members. For food waste operators, the update below on the development of fertilizer regulations - which builds on European End of Waste Work - is particularly important. Sector Performance The Environment Agency…

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Tags: Defra, EA, End of waste, Environment Agency, environmental permitting, Europe, European Commission, fertilizer directive, Matt Hindle, permitting, regulation, Waste

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€3.7 billion to realise the potential of Bio-based Industries in Europe

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The European Union and the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) have launched the first Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI) and its first Call for Proposals. The Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking is a new €3.7 billion Public-Private Partnership between the EU and the Bio-based Industries Consortium. Operating under Horizon 2020, it is…

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Tags: demonstration, EU, European Commission, R&D, research and development

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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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AD operators: opportunity to contribute to new permitting regime

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As previous updates have said, the process of producing Europe-wide reference documents for Best Available Techniques (BAT) in waste treatment is underway. This could have a huge impact on environmental permitting for AD sites. Once the BAT Reference Document (BREF) is published all existing permits will be reviewed, and some…

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Tags: BREF, EA, Environment Agency, environmental permitting, Europe, European Commission, Matt Hindle, permitting

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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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News from EBA: new State Aid Guidelines could restrict FIT

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The European Biogas Association have today circulated the following news to members:As expected, the European Commission has today adopted the State Aid Guidelines that foresee the gradual introduction of competitive bidding processes for allocating public support and the gradual replacement of feed-in tariffs by feed-in premiums. The official adoption…

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Tags: DECC, Europe, European Commission, Feed-in-Tariff, FIT, Matt Hindle, renewable financial incentives, state aid

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Have your say on the future of permitting

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I’ve been in contact with a number of operators this week about the European ‘BREF’ process, which will have a major impact on the future of environmental permitting. ‘BREF’ refers to the reference documents for Best Available Technique (BAT), which sets out conclusions on what constitutes BAT for the…

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Tags: biowaste, BREF, Defra, EA, environmental permitting, Europe, European Commission, Matt Hindle, permitting, regulation, Waste

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European bodies agree transport gas infrastructure plan

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The European Parliament and the Council last week agreed an infrastructure plan for alternative fuels requiring Member States to establish publicly available CNG and LNG stations within certain distances. The compromise agreement does not live up to the Commission’s initial ambition: all specific targets have been removed and the…

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Tags: biomethane, biomethane vehicles, DfT, Europe, European Commission, European Parliament, Matt Hindle, transport

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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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DECC pushes Europe to maintain FIT support up to 5MW

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DECC have shared their response to the EU State Aid consultation which we also responded to in February. The annex to DECC’s document dealing with renewable energy support schemes is available to download here. They have agreed with our principle point, that Feed-in Tariff support should be retained for…

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Tags: EU, Europe, European Commission, FIT, Matt Hindle, renewable financial incentives

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Environmental permitting responses needed from operational sites

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The European BREF process – which could see major changes to permitting for AD plants – needs information from operators over the next few weeks to inform the development of new regulation. The Bureau coordinating BREF development has published questionnaires to aid their data gathering. The two key documents for the AD…

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Tags: BREF, EA, environmental permitting, Europe, European Commission, Matt Hindle, permitting, regulation

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European End of Waste criteria could be dropped

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Defra have heard informally that it is unlikely that the Commission will make a proposal for European-wide end of waste criteria. This seems to be a reaction to the difficulties of getting agreement on criteria for other materials such as paper. The UK should therefore be able to continue with…

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Tags: digestate, End of waste, Europe, European Commission, JRC, Matt Hindle

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Air quality: EU begins legal action against UK

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As we updated you last May, following the ruling by the Supreme Court that the UK was failing to meet its binding air quality targets, the European Commission had the option of taking legal proceedings against the UK government with the possibility of heavy fines. Things have progressed now, with…

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Tags: air pollution, air quality, biomethane vehicles, DfT, EU, European Commission, gas vehicles, Jordan Marshall, Transport Working Group

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EU consultation: ADBA reiterates importance of FIT support above 1 MW

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We have submitted our response to the European Commission consultation on energy and environment state aid, making a strong case that the Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) scheme should not be limited to projects up to 1MW, as the early stage proposals would introduce. Our response made clear that we did believe that…

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

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Balance of Competences Review Published

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The UK Government has published the conclusions of its review of the ‘balance of competences’ between the EU and UK governments on the Environment and Climate Change. The report, which we contributed to, can be viewed here. It is one of a series of reports across different policy areas which…

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Tags: DECC, Defra, EU, Europe, European Commission, Matt Hindle, renewable financial incentives

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