16 January 2018

Digestate Fertiliser Regulations Needed for Anaerobic Digestion Throughout Europe

Consistent digestate fertiliser regulations are urgently needed for Anaerobic Digestion to thrive throughout Europe. Without them selling sustainable, low carbon emissions digestate derived fertiliser will continue to be held back.

Under the current legislative regulation on the use of digestate in the EU, the digestate is considered as waste in most of the EU Member States. 

The result of that is that to sell digestate fertiliser outside the farm it is produced is a painful exercise, and very few producers put their digestate on the market as fertiliser.

Watch our video about this below, and then scroll down and please give us your comments:

Digestate is a really good fertiliser, and it holds interesting benefits over chemical fertilisers, but there are some real concerns to be resolved before the regulatory bodies can allow it to be placed on the market. 

This is why we make a plea for the EU bodies responsible to act and as rapidly as possible issue new regulations for all fertilisers to harmonise the situation in the EU. 

The EU regulators need to get together a project and regulate digestate fertiliser EU wide, through the Fertiliser Regulations.

Fertiliser Regulations are an important piece of legislation which should be revised to involve, among others, the sale of digestate as fertilising material, providing conditions are met to ensure the quality of the fertiliser products and their safety against spreading any infectious diseases they might spread if they are not properly pasteurised.

We are in agreement with the European Biogas Association on this, as described in the video below:


For this the EU Law needs to change the status of anaerobic digestion digestate from being classed as a "waste", to being classed as a product. That is from a so called "waste" to it being seen as a valuable raw material to be used for fertilising and soil improvement generally.

This is the first step. The second step is that digestate contains manure.

Manure is generally considered to be an Animal By-product (ABP), and the new Fertiliser Regulations need to change the status of Animal By-product to allow it to become a fertiliser.

The spokesperson in the video above said:

"We are working on the integration of all these existing pieces of legislation into one, which will be the fertiliser regulation. And the purpose of my talk today was to present this aspect of integration of several pieces of legislation into one, which will be helpful for the digestate producer and this will actually be a way to also make money out of the digestate by placing this useful fertilising method on the market."

"Which countries in Europe are the best from this point of view?"

"Well, the most active countries that we have are typically Germany but also France, as they think about changing the legal status of this digestate and that is why we get inspiration to harmonise this at a European level."

"This is really important because we want to create a level playing field for this digestive derived fertiliser compared to the mineral fertiliser."

"We buy and manufacture the mineral fertilisers, they are very important [to reduce] for their high carbon footprint, which is detrimental to the environment."

It is better to use the resources we already have in our biogas plants. After all, we are living on the biogas resource, producing energy first, but now we must also start using the digestate as the great fertiliser it can be.

This is also a great way to integrate farming practices into a circular economy. It is a way to increase recycling, and to transform the farmer as a real actor of the new circular economy.

Video and quoted text are as found on Youtube here.

22 October 2017

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14 September 2017

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If anyone reading this knows about the current fate of any of the park lamp biogas plants we would love to know what has happened since 2013? Are the original lamps still biogas lit?

05 August 2017

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30 July 2017

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Prioritising Biomethane for HGVs and Buses Within UK Clean Air Strategy say ADBA, Should be an Immediate UK Government Goal.

The UK government (Minister Michael Gove MP) has just announced plans to phase out petrol and diesel vehicles from the UK. But, in the short-term he should ensure that the maximum reduction in air pollution which is possible within the next 5 years takes place. The way to do that is to prioritise use of existing biogas biomethane supplies to make sure they are used where they can have most effect in cleaning up polluted air in UK cities. That is by using biomethane as a fuel for buses and HGVs.

For the full article click the link above.

24 July 2017

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18 July 2017

Reduce Biogas Cost While Raising Throughput of Anaerobic Digestion Plants

The Anaerobic Digestion UK sector has to significantly minimize biogas manufacturing cost, and also produce a change in digester yields elevating them by an 20 fold increase and will then become fully accepted.

That's the vision of some in the UK market, who likewise mention that without a revolution in AD modern technology productivity there is little chance of the process accomplishing its complete potential.

What's more they make the argument that biogas gives best sustainability and economic outcome as a power storage space medium, yet to earn a good reputation for making a difference, very large quantities of biogas have to be available to (as an example) balance electric power grids throughout times of peak loadings.

The majority of anaerobic digestion UK biogas technology analysts would claim that the UK anaerobic digestion overall has actually been extremely effective in the last couple of years, beginning with a low base the year on year rises in mounted AD Plant abilities have actually gone over previous record numbers.

Those associated with constructing the plants, have actually functioned well extremely difficult circumstances and also achieved a large amount.

They may, not surprisingly, be wringing their hands in frustration to be informed that really they might not have gotten to much above base-camp, as well as a large mountain is still there to climb-up.

Nonetheless, that in effect is just what is looking the UK anaerobic food digestion industry in the face. Also there are still people in the biogas industry that are very willing to take that fact in hand and approve the challenge.

One such person is AD&Bioresources Association Member, and Tropical Power Chairman. Visit the link listed below to see the artile where we duplicate part of a recent foreword in their magazine, authored by Mike Mason, Chairman, Tropical Power.

We liked the item a lot that so we developed a video clip on the subject below, for those that choose to see a video rather than review message:

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