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Shropshire farmer fined £16,000 for environmental offences

Shropshire farmer fined £16,000 for environmental offences

On 16 April 2018, Telford Magistrates’ Court fined the 55 year-old £16,000 and ordered him to pay £20,000 in costs, along with a £170 victim surcharge. The charges were brought by the Environment Agency under the Nitrate Pollution Prevention Regulations 2008 and Sections 24(1) and (4) of the Water Resources Act 1991. The Environment Agency […]

Talks ongoing to avoid irrigation abstraction fee hike

Talks ongoing to avoid irrigation abstraction fee hike

Water level management authorities across the country are continuing to raise significant concerns at the threat of licence fee hikes that could end up hitting the farmer’s pocket, following recent changes to water abstraction regulations. Previously and for many years, Internal Drainage Boards (IDBs) have transferred water from main rivers to local drains for the […]

Duisburg municipal utility CHP plant equipped with urea injection system

Duisburg municipal utility CHP plant equipped with urea injection system

The German CHP specialist ETW Energietechnik has delivered natural gas CHP units with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology for the first time. Thus, Stadtwerke Duisburg is the first user of Adblue technology from ETW. The family business from Moers comprises three plants with MWM engines of the type TCG 2020V12, each with an electrical output […]

Act quickly to avoid grid application fees

Act quickly to avoid grid application fees

Farmers and landowners who are interested in energy generation or storage projects should act quickly to avoid potentially steep fees. From 6 April network operators in England, Wales and Scotland will be able to charge up-front fees for grid connection offers, which could run into thousands of pounds. Hugh Taylor, chief executive of independent power […]

Environmental policy and food production must go hand in hand

Environmental policy and food production must go hand in hand

Farming and the environment must go hand-in-hand and producing quality, home-grown food is critical to the future of the country, say’s the NFU. It follows publication this morning of the Government’s 25 year Environment Plan. Theresa May revealed details of the long-awaited and wide-ranging 150-page strategy during a keynote speech in south-west London. Farmers manage […]

Green gas can help Scotland meet energy goals

Green gas can help Scotland meet energy goals

Green gas can make a key contribution to meeting the goals set out in Scotland’s first ever Energy Strategy, according to the UK’s trade body for anaerobic digestion (AD). Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive of the Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA), said: “The Scottish Government has set itself ambitious but necessary targets for generating renewable […]

Gove: Tree planting rates have not been good enough

Gove: Tree planting rates have not been good enough

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has given a strong indication that the Government’s 25 year plan for the environment, due in the New Year, will tackle the issue of woefully low tree planting. Speaking at the Woodland Trust’s parliamentary launch on Wednesday (December 6) of a series of essays outlining its vision for a post Brexit […]

ADBA launches pioneering AD Certification Scheme at annual conference

ADBA launches pioneering AD Certification Scheme at annual conference

UK trade body the Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA) will today launch its pioneering AD Certification Scheme at the ADBA National Conference 2017 in London. The voluntary, industry-led scheme is designed to support operators of AD plants, including those based on farms, to improve their operational, environmental, and health and safety performance, in particular […]

Severn Trent reopens Environmental Grants Scheme for farmers

Severn Trent reopens Environmental Grants Scheme for farmers

Farmers in the Midlands are being given another opportunity to apply for a grant from Severn Trent to help them to protect local watercourses from pollution. The ‘Severn Trent Environmental Protection Scheme’ (STEPS), which is solely funded by the water company, supports farmers in making improvements to their farm management and infrastructure, reducing the risk […]

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