Bioenergy Sustainability Regulations Seminar

Renewable Energy Association logoThe Renewable Energy Association (REA) are hosting a one day seminar on Thursday 1st May 2014 on Bioenergy Sustainability Regulations. Government are implementing tough, new bioenergy sustainability regulations for solid and gaseous biomass which will have a major impact on the sector and this seminar intends to cover the key issues.

Sustainability criteria for both the Renewables Obligation (RO) and the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) have been laid out by Government and is due to be implemented in the coming months. From Spring 2014, bioenergy in the RO will need to report against these criteria, and in the case of the RHI, will not be supported unless it meets the new rules. This seminar will cover topics including implementation of sustainability criteria (including sustainable forestry management) in the RO and the RHI (including the biomass suppliers list), as well as sustainability under the EMR regime.

Seminar Programme

10.00 – 10.30      Registration opens

10.30 – 10.40      Introduction by Paul/Frank (and Burges Salmon)

10.40 – 11.00      RO Sustainability Criteria, Rebecca Cowburn (DECC)

11.00 – 11.30      RHI biomass sustainability criteria and the Biomass Suppliers List, Pippa Morgan (DECC)

11.30 – 12.00      Practicalities of Demonstrating Compliance with Sustainability Criteria for Solid and Gaseous Biomass, Tobin Gordon (SGS UK)

12.00 – 12.30      Industry Panel Discussion – Challenges and Opportunities for Industry regarding the RO and RHI sustainability regulations

Max Aitken (Estover Energy) Invited
Nigel Burdett (Drax) – confirmed
Richard Smith (Verdo Renewables) Invited

12.30                      Q&A

13.30                      Lunch and Networking


REA members: £150 + VAT
Non-members: £200 + VAT
Lunch and refreshments are included

The event takes place at 6 New Street Square, London, EC4A 3BF and tickets can be booked through the REA website.

About the REA

The REA was established in 2001, as a not-for-profit trade association, representing British renewable energy producers and promoting the use of renewable energy in the UK. Its membership also includes composters, following the merger of the Association for Organics Recycling (formerly the Composting Association) in 2013. The REA endeavours to achieve the right regulatory framework for renewables and organics waste recycling to deliver an increasing contribution to the UK’s electricity, heat, recycling and transport needs.

The REA’s main objective is to secure the best legislative and regulatory framework for expanding renewable energy production in the UK. They also seek to ensure that organics recycling (where process outputs are also a significant feedstock for renewable energy generation via anaerobic digestion) is maximised. They undertake policy development and provide input to government departments, agencies, regulators, NGOs and others.

Find out more about the REA, including membership, by visiting the REA website at

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