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NNFCC News Review: Bioenergy Issue 143, February 2024

Category: bioenergy
Published: 22/02/2024
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the bioenergy sector.

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The UK government has proceeded to extend the Green Gas Support Scheme (GGSS), from the original deadline of 30th November 2025 to 31st  March 2028. In their response to the mid-scheme review consultation, they reassure the involved parties that they are aware of the supply chain issues and plant development timelines; however, are hopeful that with Defra’s clear timelines for rolling out municipal food waste collections there will be timely and sufficient sourcing of waste. Additionally, the necessity for maintaining non-waste or non-residue feedstocks under 50% in total biogas is considered, while adhering to the existing Environment Agency’s requirements to cover digestate stores. With regards to this requirement, the response also refers to Defra’s Environmental Improvement Plan, which offers guidance for reducing ammonia emissions from the management of organic manures.

The Irish government recognises that the development of a biomethane industry is at a nascent stage in their latest consultation on the draft of the National Biomethane Strategy. Thus, they are requesting views from interested parties on key actions and the proposed roadmap to develop a biomethane industry of scale, to fulfil the commitments of ‘Climate Action Plan 2030’. The draft Strategy has been met with mixed reactions, with many feeling it does not go far enough to stimulate the necessary growth in the near- to medium-term...

Other News this Month Includes:  


  • Green Gas Support Scheme Mid-Scheme Review - Government Response
  • Consultation on the Draft National Biomethane Strategy
  • Sweden: European Commission opens State aid investigation into non-food biogas and bio-propane tax exemption schemes


  • BP profits halve despite LNG and biogas growth
  • FCC agrees acquisition of Urbaser’s UK business
  • More...

Research & Development

  • University of Sheffield’s Energy Innovation Centre partners with Drax to advance carbon capture research
  • Teesside academics secure funding for ‘groundbreaking’ EfW research
  • NREL and partners receive funding to decipher microbial behaviour in bioreactors at scale

Biomass Heat and Power

  • NextChem and ENGIE to cooperate in the development of an advanced biomethane technology for the production of synthetic methane from dry biomass waste
  • NAO: Government fails to ensure biomass sustainability in £20bn support
  • Peel Ports Logistics agrees vessel agency deal with renewable energy leader Drax

Energy from Waste

  • Encyclis reaches financial close on Walsall EfW
  • 2,000 tonnes of waste a month now converted into energy and not sent into landfill
  • Waste-to-Energy included in Carbon Removals Certification Framework


  • Nephin’s affiliate Nephin Renewable Gas officially launched by Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Mr. Simon Coveney
  • Poo power to heat homes in West London as Thames Water continues to reduce its carbon footprint
  • More...

Carbon Capture

  • Drax to launch new business focused on becoming the global leader in large-scale carbon removals
  • Sumitomo Invests in Inherit, a Pioneer in CO2 removal from biogas
  • New CCS strategy: Denmark can become European CO2 hub


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