Delay to green heat reform ‘threatens climate goals’

The government’s decision to delay renewable heat legislation threatens climate goals. That’s the warning from the Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA), which suggests the Department for Business, Energy & […]

By Jonny Bairstow

The government’s decision to delay renewable heat legislation threatens climate goals.

That’s the warning from the Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA), which suggests the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) shouldn’t have postponed Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) reforms until 2018.

It says the legislation has been delayed due to a government timetable backlog following the general election and issues related to Brexit.

The proposed RHI reforms would restore tariffs for the production of renewable heat to previously higher levels, more easily enabling the construction of anaerobic digestion (AD) plants to make renewable biogas.

ADBA claims millions of pounds of investment in AD plants is currently paused, waiting for clarity and certainty from government.

The group also suggests BEIS is considering imposing restrictions on the amount of investment in renewable heat that can receive a guaranteed tariff rate – some developers have invested around £100,000 expecting to receive this support but may now face the prospect of missing out entirely.

ADBA Chief Executive Charlotte Morton said: “I’ve written directly to ministers at BEIS urging them to rethink their decision to delay the legislation further and to reiterate the damaging effect that this further delay will have on the AD industry and its ability to help decarbonise the UK’s gas grid.”

ELN has contacted BEIS for a statement.

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