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Draft PAS 110 Specification out for public consultation

PAS 110, Specification for whole digestate, separated liquor and separated fibre derived from the anaerobic digestion of source-segregated materials is now available for comment. To download, review and comment on the draft, please go to http://drafts.bsigroup.com/Document/Manage/52256 and register for free online (new users) and log in.

You can also download the consultation documents below:
•    Draft PAS 110 for consultation 
•    Supporting rationale for the changes 
•    Environmental regulator’s response to industry representatives proposal regarding the RBP

The closing date for consultation is 17/01/2014. Please note that only comments submitted electronically through the online Draft Review System by the date given will be accepted. Where possible, comments should be submitted by one person from your organization to ensure that no conflicting comments are submitted by members of the same organization and to avoid repetition.

REA will respond to the consultation on behalf of its members. Please send to Kiara your comments by 07/01/2014 (Tel: 07717 294793, Email: kiara@r-e-a.net).

Source: REA

H1 Environmental Risk Assessment Consultation – Environment Agency

The Environment Agency, is proposing to make changes to 7 of the 11 supporting annexes, within its H1 Risk Assessment Framework. The annexes contain guidance on the making of risk assessments for activities listed in the Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPR) 2010.

The changes that are being proposed can be summarised as follows: 

  • To implement the statutory requirements of the Water Framework Directive, the Environment Agency has chosen to combine annex D and annex E. This has enabled us to present one screening methodology for all surface water discharges.
  • The purpose of annex K has been redefined to enable consideration of derogations from achievable emission limits presented within the Best Available Techniques (BAT) Conclusions document under the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED).
  • A point source odour screening tool into annex F has been introduced.
  • The ammonia assessment methodology in annex B has been revised.
  • Annex A has been combined with annex C to present a single approach to amenity assessment and accident risk across Predicted Environmental Concentration (EPR). The effects of climate change and the risks of flooding have also been taken into account.
  • Modifications have been made to the H1 Software Tool to demonstrate how the changes in annex D and F would be implemented. In addition, the extraction to a spreadsheet of input and output data and direct links to the EP OPRA spreadsheet have been enabled, and the annual reporting spreadsheet on substances released to the environment.

This consultation is open from 31/10/13 to 24/12/13.

To find out more and express your views please follow the link:


Source: Environment Agency

Renewables Obligation Grace Periods Consultation – DECC


In 2010/11 the Government consulted on proposals for the transition from the Renewables Obligation (RO) under the Electricity Market Reform. In the White Paper Planning our electric future, the Government set out the intention to close the RO to new generating capacity from 31 March 2017.

Further consultations on the RO transition arrangements were published by DECC on 17 July 2013 in respect of England & Wales and by the Scottish Government on 2 September 2013 in respect of Scotland.

Following further detailed analysis, and consideration of representations and consultation responses made to DECC from industry, this further consultation sets out more detailed proposals on grace periods for the Renewables Obligations in Great Britain, and the mechanism by which the closure of the RO and the grace periods will be implemented across Great Britain.

This consultation covers England, Scotland and Wales and closes at 28 November 2013 23:45. Provisions for Northern Ireland will be consulted upon separately by Northern Ireland Executive.

For more information please follow the link: Renewables Obligation Consultation


Source: UK Government. Department of Energy & Climate Change

Welsh Government: Launch of Environment Bill White Paper Consultation.

This White Paper sets out proposals for the Environment (Wales) Bill. This Bill will ensure that Welsh have the right legislative framework to manage our natural resources in a joined-up way, as committed in the Programme for Government. This includes proposals for a new area-based planning approach to natural resource management. This is intended to complement existing and proposed planning and sustainable development laws to deliver economic, social and environmental benefits for Wales.

The White Paper sets out how Welsh government will take steps to:

  • join-up the existing statutory frameworks for natural resource planning and management in Wales
  • ensure Natural Resources Wales has the legislative tools to help enable them to implement integrated natural resource management
  • take actions to ensure Wales’ natural resources are used to best effect and reduce waste
  • simplify, streamline and clarify the law for a number of existing environmental regulatory regimes.

To take part in this consultation, please submit your comments by 15 January 2014, by e-mail or by post.

Email: naturalresourcemanagement@wales.gsi.gov.uk

Post: The Environment Bill Team. Climate Change and Natural Resource Policy Division
Welsh Government
Cathays Park
CF10 3NQ

Please follow the link for more information: Environment Bill White Paper Consultation.