Cré the Composting and Anaereobic Digestion Association of Ireland has published its Guidelines for Anaerobic Digestion in Ireland.
Using industry experts knowledge and experience, these guidelines are designed to give an overview of key regulations effecting the commissioning of an anaerobic digestion (AD) plant. They will help developers to avoid mistakes and expedite the process of developing AD plants across Ireland.
The project was co-funded by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) Energy Research Development and Demonstration Programme.
This guideline document is divided into four parts:
Part 1: This section explains the anaerobic digestion process and its outputs. The various plant configurations and possible applications for anaerobic digestion are also discussed. EU and national Government policy influencing anaerobic digestion is described. The multiple cross sectoral benefits of anaerobic digestion are investigated including energy, environmental, climate, waste and socio-economic benefits that may be delivered.
Part 2: This section describes Health & Safety Legislation relating to AD plants. It also covers the identification of hazards and related mitigation measures from the construction phase through to the operation phase.
Part 3: Compliance with Animal By-Product (ABP) Legislation is outlined in Part III. Topics covered include the background to ABP, a summary of existing national guidance documents and key recommendations for each step of the ABP validation process.
Part 4: An overview of waste permitting and licencing requirements in relation to anaerobic digestion is presented in this section, including the Environmental Protection Agency’s requirements in relation to BAT and BREF, EIA, AA, Industrial Emissions Licences and the process for amending licences. A brief overview of financial provision (ELRA, CRAMP) is covered in this section.
Cré intends that these guidelines will provide a useful reference for planners, environmental officers, developers, farmers and consultants working in this fi eld.
The report can be downloaded here