Friday, October 13, 2017

IADAB News Weekly - Edition 4: Clean Energy Growth Strategy to Estonian Biogas State Support

The IADAB Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas News Weekly - Issue 4: 13 October 2017

This is Issue 4 of the IADAB News Weekly where we summarise the most important news of the week in the developing world of the Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Industry in the UK and globally!


We are a UK based newsletter, so this week we start with the biggest story for UK readers. This is the publication of the UK Government's Clean Growth Strategy, which is being seen as unequivocally good news for the UK AD and Biogas industry. 

Then we follow that, in Item 2, with news from IKEA, the all-conquering European home store business. IKEA this week announced that it will support the development of biomethane service stations in Finland, indicating a huge leap forward for renewable transport fuel use. Where Finland leads others will surely soon follow.

In item 3, the Finnish are in the news again. Scroll down for a news story "double" from Puregas Solutions, who whilst becoming the UK North East's fastest growing company, have also just been acquired by Finnish company Wärtsilä: The self-proclaimed; "global leader in advanced technologies and complete life-cycle solutions for the marine and energy markets".

Finally, as if, just to confirm the ascendancy of anaerobic digestion and biogas Europe-wide, is the news that Estonian companies will soon be able to begin applying for state subsidies for the production of biomethane,

So, in a week that once again has been good news for the industry, let’s get started…

Item 1: UK Clean Growth Strategy Welcomed by ADBA – But Food Waste Collections Needed

UK readers will be presently surprised that, contrary to what the mainstream UK media would have you believe. The government under leader Theresa May, is not totally paralysed by Brexit negotiations, but is making domestic policy, with the publication of the UK Clean Growth Strategy.

The organisation’s Chief Executive, Charlotte Morton said:
“The multi-faceted nature of AD means that, with the right support, Anaerobic Digestion can play a central role in decarbonising heat, electricity, transport, and farming, as well as recycling organic wastes, increasing energy and food security, and restoring the UK’s degraded soils. No other technology can make such a key contribution to so many different areas of the Clean Growth Strategy."
“We welcome the government’s ambition to divert all food waste from landfill by 2030 and to support local authorities in rolling out separate food waste collections. We look forward to BEIS’s new Resources and Waste Strategy, which will need to be supported by meaningful funding and legislation to effect the scale of change needed for an urgent transition to a more circular economy."
“We also welcome the strategy’s highlighting of the importance of best practice in AD. ADBA’s pioneering, industry-led Best Practice Scheme, which will be launched in full later this year, will help support AD operators in meeting the highest environmental, health and safety, and operational standards."
“The publication of the Clean Growth Strategy today is a welcome sign that the government is starting to think about how we can make the deep emissions cuts that will be necessary to meet the Fourth and Fifth Carbon Budgets over the next 15 years.
What is needed now is tangible support for AD in the form of the following:
  • Urgent tabling of legislation on the Renewable Heat Incentive to renew support for biomethane-to-grid;
  • A long-term replacement for the Feed-In Tariff to support small-scale renewable electricity generation;
  • Mandatory separate food waste collections in England to allow AD to recycle this vital and underused resource; and
  • A new support system for farmers that rewards carbon abatement and incentivises the use of biofertiliser to restore soils.”
via UK Clean Growth Strategy Welcomed by ADBA – But Food Waste Collections Needed

Item 2: IKEA Supports Development of Biomethane Service Stations in Finland

Gasum has signed a comprehensive circular economy cooperation agreement with IKEA Finland.

UK Clean Energy Growth Strategy to Estonian Biogas article image.

The cooperation will involve using food waste from IKEA restaurants in Finland to produce biogas, with Gasum filling stations also to be constructed in conjunction with IKEA stores. The first station will be opened at the IKEA store in Espoo in late 2017. The Finnish IKEA stores will be the first IKEA units in the world to get natural gas stations.

“Utilizing the volumes of food waste remaining after our efforts to eliminate wastage is a sustainable act for the promotion of a clean energy form, biogas. As a company we’re determined to set a good example by adopting new circular-economy approaches and hopefully at the same time inspiring consumers as well as other companies to take concrete environmental action,” 
said, Country Sustainability Manager Tiina Suvanto from IKEA Finland. via IKEA supports development of biomethane stations in Finland

Item 3: Wärtsilä to Acquire Biogas Upgrader - Puregas Solutions Who Also Receive Status of UK NE Region's Fastest Growing Company

(Image: By Adrian Pingstone (talk · contribs) (Self-photographed) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The company utilizes the unique CApure process to convert raw biogas to biomethane and renewable natural gas. The CApure process recovers more than 99.9% of the biomethane present in the raw biogas. The process separates the CO2 from the biogas by a process ... via Wärtsilä to acquire biogas upgrader Puregas Solutions

The technology enables the company to upgrade raw biogas to biomethane/Renewable Natural Gas for direct injection into the gas grid, compression for vehicle fuelling (bioCNG) or liquefied to provide bioLNG (liquefied natural gas) ... via Sunderland's Puregas Solutions named North East's fastest growing company

Item 4: Estonian Government to Give State Support to Biomethane

Estonian companies will be able to begin applying for state subsidies for the production of biomethane, according to ERR news.

Estonia’s goal is for fuel produced from renewable sources to make up 10% of total fuel consumption by 2020, of which biomethane would account for one third. The measure aimed at boosting the use of Estonian made, environment-friendly biomethane will be financed with proceeds from the auctioning of carbon dioxide emission credits... via Estonian government to give state support to biomethane 

So, the message to the AD and Biogas industry this week is to plan for expansion, ahead of many new opportunities likely to flow from the news of this last week...

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