Over 100 combustion plants – primarily anaerobic digestion – in the organics sector have received notices from the Environment Agency stating what they must to do comply with Best Available Techniques (BAT) guidance.

In 2017, the European Commission updated its Best Available Techniques (BAT) guidance for large combustion plants in the organics sector. This included measures to reduce emissions and also on storage techniques and has been adopted for use in the UK.

The guidance gave sites, and enforcement agencies such as the Environment Agency, until 2022 to make the required changes.

Explaining what these changes could be, Charlie Trousdell, chairman of the Organics Recycling Group at the Renewable Energy Association, said costs could be high for some businesses but that overall the measures would enforce standards in the sector and help create a level playing field.

Mr Trousdell explained: “We have known about this for a long time but it is quite onerous and probably some 20% of our sector has already received these notices and had their permits changed. Many are shocked by the many additional rules which are being out in the permits.

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