Guidance

Combustion plant: burning biogas derived from sewage sludge

Regulation of combustion plant burning biogas derived from anaerobic digestion of sewage sludge on sewage treatment works.

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Regulation of combustion plant burning biogas derived from anaerobic digestion of sewage sludge on sewage treatment works: RPS 109

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Combustion plant on sewage treatment works burning biogas generated from the anaerobic digestion of sewage sludge requires a permit under The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010 (as amended) (EPR).

You do not need a permit for the combustion of biogas derived from the anaerobic digestion of sewage sludge on sewage treatment works in combustion units less than 3MW.

There are wider discussions taking place with Defra about the regulatory framework for sewage sludge which are relevant to the permitting requirement of biogas engines. Until these discussions are concluded the Environment Agency will not enforce the need for an environmental permit for the combustion of biogas derived from the anaerobic digestion of sewage sludge on sewage treatment works in combustion units less than 3MW.

Published 28 March 2014