The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has published further details on the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), detailing how biomethane plants claiming support under the scheme must demonstrate a minimum 60% saving in greenhouse gas emissions.
Biomethane – produced from food waste, energy crops and agricultural and industrial residues using the anaerobic digestion (AD) process – can be used in trucks with gas engines and buses or injected into the gas grid to heat homes and businesses.
The sustainability criteria were due to commence in April this year but will now apply from autumn 2015, subject to parliamentary approval. This means fuel suppliers will have a year to adjust their supply chains and learn to use new reporting systems.
The Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA) and the Renewable Energy Association (REA) have been working with DECC to guarantee the new rules deliver greenhouse gas savings without putting industry investments and jobs at risk.