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NEW CARBON CALCULATOR


GUIDANCE PUBLISHED Ofgem has published new guidance on using the Biomass and Biogas Carbon Calculator, following updates to the calculator itself earlier this year. There is now more detailed information for those plants using the calculator for RHI compliance, along with new information for plants which claim the RO. All


For up to the minute information and advice on regulations, consultations and government news, contact our Head of Policy, Matt Hindle T +44 (0)203 176 0591 E matt.hindle@adbioresources.org


RHI plants which use non-waste feedstocks will be subject to sustainability criteria from October 2015, including thresholds for greenhouse gas emissions. Operators can choose how they demonstrate their compliance, but the calculator offers one option.


Later this year, DECC is likely to undertake more work on RHI sustainability criteria, with a view to producing new criteria which are more suitable for biogas and biomethane. This would offer an opportunity to resolve various issues – such as the definition of a 'consignment' of feedstock, and the allocation of emissions to digestate as a co-product – but also carries a degree of risk, should DECC decide to tighten criteria. We will keep members informed.


Biogas sustainability is also likely to be the subject of questions in the FIT review, which will be published soon. Future FIT operators are advised to keep up to date with this area of policy – contact matt.hindle@adbioresources.org for further information.


ADBA’S WHO’S WHO GUIDE TO KEY CABINET MINISTERS


RT HON ELIZABETH TRUSS MP, DEFRA SECRETARY OF STATE


An enthusiastic backer of British farmers and food, Liz Truss has unfortunately been much less vocal on the natural environment. While she has in the past highlighted the benefits of a greener economy, Liz has been criticised for inaction on waste and resources policy, on which Defra reduced its focus in the last Parliament.


Responsibilities • EU and international relations • Emergencies • Common Agricultural Policy reform • Biodiversity


Influence


Having risen through the ranks quickly from the 2010 intake, Liz served as a junior education minister from 2012 before assuming her current role last summer from the climate change sceptic, Owen Paterson.


By Derek Sivyer, PR & Parliamentary Affairs Manager T +44 (0)203 176 5441 E derek.sivyer@adbioresources.org


RT HON PATRICK MCLOUGHLIN MP, DEPARTMENT FOR TRANSPORT SECRETARY OF STATE


Having held his post since 2012, Patrick has developed a firm grasp on his policy brief. With hugely challenging battles ahead on airport capacity, high speed rail and ageing infrastructure improvements, Patrick is currently unlikely to place much emphasis on the role of biomethane as a transport fuel without any indication of greater collaboration with DECC.


That said, the DfT has been looking into biomethane as a possible way to help decarbonise the transport sector. Over the past year it set up the Transport Energy Task Force, which included a section on biomethane, and also commissioned Ricardo AEA to look into the role of biomethane in transport.


Responsibilities • Transport strategy, including economic growth and climate change • Spending review • Transport security • High speed rail (HS2)


Influence


A heavy hitter on the Conservative benches, Patrick has served as an MP since 1986 and held the post of Chief Whip, responsible for party discipline, before assuming a transport portfolio.


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