The European Pathway to Zero Waste (EPOW) project delivered by the Environment Agency and Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) have developed a quality protocol setting out proposed criteria for the use of biomethane as a fuel. This applies where it is supplied through the gas grid and used as fuel for vehicles.
A biomethane quality protocol will allow biomethane produced from biogas generated at landfills and anaerobic digestion treatment plants to make a contribution to renewable power.
The quality protocol will help to ease the regulatory burden on businesses by defining when the material ceases to be waste and is no longer subject to waste management controls.
UK Environment Agency say:
"We welcome your comments on this consultation
"Throughout the consultation we will look to make all comments (excluding personal information) publicly available on our website. This includes comments received online, by email, post and by fax.
How to respond
"We would prefer you to respond online. This will enable you to manage your comments more effectively and at the same time it will help us to gather and summarise responses quickly and accurately.
To view the documents click on the following link Consultation on our proposed biomethane quality protocol.
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Open (From 20/06/12 09:00 to 15/08/12 23:59)
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Consultation on our proposed biomethane quality protocol
Other Contact Information:
European Pathway to Zero Waste, Environment Agency, Guildbourne House, Chatsworth Road, Worthing, BN11 1LD
Waste, Environmental permitting, Business and industry
What happens next?:
We will review the comments we receive and consider what changes we need to make to the biomethane quality protocol as a result. We will publish a summary of the comments we receive in August 2012 and a summary of our actions in response to comments in September 2012. An EU consultation will take place on the redrafted version of the biomethane quality protocol in accordance with the Technical Standards and Regulations Directive 98/34/EC (as amended by Directive 98/48/EC).
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