New Pro Environmental Legislation for California

By | 2015-10-21

There are new pro environmental legislation for California that will catalyse the implantation of biogas and composting plant.

In fact:

  • The Clean Energy and Pollution reduction act (October, 2015) say that by 2030 half of the electricity should be produced by renewable source. Californians should also double their energy efficiency savings for electricity and natural gas. (KCET)


  • Organic waste should be ban from elimination for 2025, to achieve this few legislation have been added.
    • AB 1045: Requires state entities to work together for the development and deployment of composting. The law will cut down on red tape associated with compost production.
    • AB 876: Requires local governments to plan for the building of sufficient composting and anaerobic digestion infrastructure to process for a 15-year period in their jurisdictions.
    • AB 199:Supports businesses purchasing recycling and composting equipment by creating a sales-and-use tax exemption for businesses on purchases of equipment used for recycling, recycled materials and composting.

For Olivier Saunder from Renewable Waste intelligence this mean:

  • Greater efficiency. Making the deployment of composting easier makes it a more attractive pursuit. With the reduction in red tape comes a reduction in costs as well as more flexibility in production. Compost sales are a significant consideration in the business case of an AD facility; therefore any policy built to make that easier represents an improved business case for AD operators.


  • Larger scale facilities. Putting in and financially supporting a long term strategy which has AD at its centre is likely to lead to enhanced scale and greater collaboration. We are more likely to see AD facilities on the scale of CR&R’s Perris facility (80,000 tons) rather than the small scale operations normally associated with the agriculture sector.


  • More accessible finance. 15 year plans give investors greater confidence. If there is a 15 year waste strategy for organics then the contracts associated with carrying out that plan will be longer. The result is a much more stable business case for firms seeking investment from the finance community.


  • An increase in public private partnerships. This is inevitable where local government is set ambitious targets. It’s highly likely they will increasingly look to the private sector for support and innovation in creating a more sustainable approach to organics.


All details from theses politics would be presented at the biogas and anaerobic digestion summit in December in San Diego.