ADBA Update

I am delighted to confirm that the event was joined by almost 50 MPs and around 15 Peers. This is a huge success given that most parliamentary receptions only attract on average between one or two dozen MPs, and is testament to the hard efforts of those AD operators who have supported our lobbying drive by engaging their local representative in Parliament.

In particular, the reception was joined by various influential MPs:

  • Liz Truss MP, Defra Secretary of State
  • Neil Parish MP, Chair of Commons Select Committee responsible for scrutinising Defra in Parliament
  • Angus MacNeil, Chair of Commons Select Committee responsible for scrutinising DECC in Parliament
  • Nick Smith MP, Shadow Farming Minister
  • We also had ministerial representation from the offices of Defence Minister Philip Dunne MP, Cabinet Minister Oliver Letwin, and Life Sciences Minister George Freeman MP.

The impact of the event has already been felt in the House of Lords chamber, with the Government's Defra Spokesman acknowledging how informative he found the event in response to Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer's comment:

"The Circular Economy promises a future with great environmental gains but not having waste will also enrich the entire economy. I can think of no better example of this than anaerobic digestion."

What next?

To prevent this significant political momentum from fizzling out, we are reliant on you to get in touch and engage your local MP - regardless as to whether you were able to catch them at the event or not. Please invite your MP to visit your plant or site- our experience has been that MPs are far more enthusiastic about the industry when they have had a first-hand opportunity to see how it affects their constituency.

We will help with any information that you may need, including detail on other constituency businesses operating within the AD sector, and would be grateful if you would also consider giving MPs a copy of our industry briefing

RHI consultation

DECC released its consultation on the future of the RHI last week. The consultation documents can be read on the government website and ADBA members can read our summary of the consultation here.

ADBA members will also be able to join a 1 hour webinar regarding crop feedstock restrictions. It will include a detailed discussion of the proposed changes and provides opportunity to share evidence bases of carbon cost effectiveness and design our industry response.

Find out more about ADBA's work and services

ADBA offers a whole programme of events and services aimed at supporting the AD and biogas industry, and at supporting members to develop, operate and improve AD projects.  We also rely on input from our members on any issues you come across and can offer advice and solutions. ADBA also supports the Crop Operator Group which offers a forum to get together with other operators to discuss issues such as regulation and policy, crop best practice, crop performance and increasing operational performance.

For more information on membership or the Crop Operator Group please contact our Head of Membership, Alex Monks at: / 0203 1765418.

UK AD & Biogas 2016

As is clear from the reception event, anaerobic digestion is at the centre of sustainable agriculture, integrating with livestock and arable farming to reduce emissions, recycle nutrients, generate baseload renewable energy and improve the bottom line.

Our seventh trade show dedicated to AD and biogas will take place on 6-7 July at the NEC in Birmingham, and coincide with the Livestock Event. UK AD & Biogas will continue last week's discussions on how we can create a policy and financial framework which supports the wider benefits of on-farm AD. In addition, the trade show will assess what further steps are needed following the government Feed-in Tariff and RHI decision to ensure small scale on-farm AD can be commercially viable.

As well as addressing issues critical to the UK, UK AD & Biogas will also examine business opportunities in established and emerging international AD markets, with a high-level summit featuring global industry leaders and influencers, detailed streams on operational performance, R&D and bioresources as well as technical sessions and workshops.