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Defra to launch AD strategy steering-group in September

The anaerobic digestion (AD) strategy and action plan will be supported by a steering-group comprised of industry stakeholders and the Government, environment minister Lord Henley has announced.

Speaking at the launch of the AD strategy, Lord Henley said: “The inclusive process over the past six months has been of very great benefit in terms of delivering this document and I want to capture all the enthusiasm that has gone into that and the energy. What I propose is to continue with an industry-Government steering group tasked with overseeing the progress on the implementation of the actions, ensure objectives are met and that those actions that have happened remain successful.”

He added that the group will be able to “consider and recommend” new actions that might arise.

Defra deputy director of energy from waste and food waste Clare Hawley added: “A lot of these actions are already in progress. A number of them are due in by September. I think we will be sending out invitations to the first steering group of the implementation phase for the end of September. The group will be there to get information on how the actions are going and troubleshoot if necessary.”

The AD strategy and accompanying documents include a number of actions required by September 2011, including the publication of a “robust baseline” that accurately describes the status of the industry, producing an information seat outlining relevant health and safety regulations to AD and publishing a “library of case studies” from all types of AD operation.

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