The formation of the European Biogas Association (EBA) four years ago presented an ideal chance for the UK sector to amplify the British voice. Last week, we formalised our partnership.
When REA Biogas was formed in 2004, very few plants existed in the UK. It was natural that we should seek to learn from operating experience in Europe where, in particular, German development was so strong.
Hence we have run joint biogas engineering training courses with German partner IBBK for three years, and recently gained EU funding for a Leonardo programme supporting the placement of up to 30 people at German facilities. The REA is also a board member at Task 37, a programme that dissemin-ates good practice in anaerobic digestion (AD) from many other countries.
Most of the significant regulatory instruments in the sector also originate, or are influenced by, decisions made in Europe. With our expertise having been bolstered by the integration of the Association for Organics Recycling, we realised that our relationship with the EBA could also be two-way. We can assist with technical advice on key issues, and we can now join other European AD groups to engage with the European Commission and other institutions.
EBA president Arthur Wellinger summed up: “I look forward to intensifying the collaboration with the REA to create the right conditions for the future expansion of renewable energy and organics recycling projects.”
David Collins, Renewable Energy Association head of biogas