UK trade body the Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA) has this week launched its AD Certification Scheme.
The voluntary, industry-led scheme is designed to support operators of AD plants to improve their operational, environmental, and health and safety performance.
ADBA has developed the scheme, working closely with industry stakeholders, who have all voiced their support for such a certification process.
It includes detailed assessment criteria that will allow third-party certification bodies to verify the achievement of good practice at AD plants, and is the most comprehensive of its type.
The scheme pilot was completed in September this year, with one on-farm plant, one food waste plant, and one on-site plant for a food manufacturer taking part.
“ADBA’s new AD Certification Scheme defines good practice and enables AD plants to be recognised as meeting it,” said Chief Exec Charlotte Morton.
“A certification process is essential to ensuring that regulators, insurers and investors have confidence in the scheme, which offers AD operators a range of financial and regulatory benefits.
“Through our existing work with the AD industry, it is clear that operators, engineers, technology suppliers and developers are constantly seeking ways to optimise their performance.
“Through this new scheme, we hope to reflect industry developments, provide information on how plants and suppliers can improve, and help them overcome the key barriers to good performance.