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EFRA COMMITTEE LAUNCHES FOOD WASTE INQUIRY


The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee has initiated an inquiry into the economic, social and environmental impact of food waste in England, with a focus on consumers, the retail and hospitality sectors, and local government. Following the launch of the Food Waste Recycling Action Plan at UK AD & Biogas 2016, this inquiry presents a further opportunity to improve the capture and supply of household and commercial food waste and ensure that where food waste is unavoidable, it goes to AD.


HNIP CONSULTATION HEATS UP


At the beginning of August, the policy team submitted our response to the Heat Network Investment Project (HNIP) consultation, which proposes using £320m of capital funding to leverage a further £2bn into the development of heat networks.


Heat networks are intended as a means of cleaning up our heat supply, and using and generating heat more efficiently, both within buildings and through the use of district heating networks. Although one of the aims of the project is to deliver carbon savings, it is not only renewable energy sources that could apply. Our response outlines how capital support funding should be used to overcome barriers to investment in heat networks, including those providing thermal energy from AD plants, and increase heat network deployment rates. We argued that HNIP should be available to networks of all scales – from large scale urban projects to smaller scale initiatives using heat for farm or community-based initiatives in multiple buildings, or for district heating.


Small scale and rural heat networks can deliver valuable carbon savings in areas where other decarbonisation options may not be appropriate. They would also provide other benefits, including: opening up private sector investment from new sources; introducing technological innovation and infrastructure to often neglected regions; and delivering valuable social and environmental benefits.


For more information contact thom.koller@adbioresources.org


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


In particular, the Committee will ask how far voluntary initiatives can further reduce food waste, or if legislation is required in this area. Manufacturing and agricultural sectors are outside the scope of the inquiry, but there are opportunities for us to set out the benefits of separate food waste collections.


GET INVOLVED


The inquiry closes on 13 September. To share your views contact thom.koller@adbioresources.org


ADBA MAKES THE CASE


FOR BETTER FIT SUPPORT In mid-July we submitted our response to the government’s Feed-in Tariff (FIT) consultation. We disagreed with the proposed generation tariff rates for AD for two principle reasons: • They are too low at all scales, presenting a barrier to future deployment;


• The assumptions presented in


the consultation document and impact assessment were incomplete and inaccurate.


We also noted that AD investors have informed us that a 0p/kWh generation tariff above 500 kW will mean no further deployment at that level, and that tariff levels for smaller plants are also too low, so will severely limit projects in the 0-250 kW and 250-500 kW bands.


The dramatic reduction in generation tariffs was based on several assumptions, which we challenged. These included: • Plant design assumptions of 100 per cent food waste for all plants above 500 kW;


• Gate fees of £20 per tonne; • 80 per cent plant theoretical heat use.


The FIT consultation also proposes to limit the use of some feedstocks to deliver more cost effective carbon abatement, as was proposed in the recent RHI consultation.


In August, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) asked ADBA to arrange for follow-up meetings with members to gather further evidence on plant capital and operation expenditure, and project hurdle rates. As with the RHI consultation, we expect the government response in the autumn.


For more information on the FIT and how it could affect you, contact thom.koller@adbioresources.org


To download our full response go to: http://bit.ly/2aYIzJE www.adbioresources.org adbioresources.org SEPTEMBER 2016 | AD & BIORESOURCES NEWS 35


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