Date: 3 November 2017This is Issue 7 of IADAB News Weekly where we summarise the most important news of the week in the fast developing Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Industry, both in the UK and globally.
This week we report on a new UK GreenForty AD Plant which is now in Planning in Scotland, look briefly at some research which has given the green-light to using spent mushroom substrate as a biogas plant feedstock, and we also include the full details of an apology.
The apology was issued by the UK's Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association. ADBA appear to have been concerned that the Press Release which they published and we carried last week, was unintentionally capable of being read as criticism of individuals on a certain committee.
Apparently, ABDA wish to make it clear that in-fact decision to delay was made by the whole government. The whole UK government, they say, was responsible for the decision to again delay the reinstatement of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) for biogas plants.
Alright, let’s get started…
1. Planning Application for the erection of an anaerobic digestion (AD) plant
“Brewery and distillery by-products will be procured and delivered as available."
2. Anaerobic digestion of spent mushroom substrate under thermophilic conditions: performance and microbial community analysis
3. Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association Press Release Complains About Yet More UK Government Delays in Subsidy Restitution and then Apologises
The Press Release and the Apology follows:
PRESS RELEASE: Renewable heat legislation delay threatens climate goals
Legislation on Renewable Heat Incentive delayed yet again due to Parliamentary backlog
- Government struggling to meet targets to decarbonise heat
- Further delay threatens building of AD plants that produce renewable heat
“delaying injection of significant volume of biogas generated from industrial residues into the gas grid, limiting the ability to curb UK carbon emissions.”
"This further delay to the passing of the RHI legislation is another unnecessary blow to a vital industry that can make a large contribution to meeting the UK’s targets for decarbonising heat, to which the government has to date made very little progress. This delay not only puts millions of pounds of investment at risk but on a wider level is a significant threat to the UK’s ability to meet its climate change goals.
I’ve written directly to ministers at BEIS urging them to rethink their decision to delay the legislation further and to reiterate the damaging effect that this further delay will have on the AD industry and its ability to help decarbonise the UK’s gas grid.
We’re also very concerned at the suggestion from BEIS of new restrictions on the number of AD plants that can receive tariff guarantees. BEIS needs to ensure that it doesn’t punish AD for offering a clean and cost-effective way to heat our homes and businesses."