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ADBA launches first guide on AD facilities development and operations

The Anaerobic Digestion & Biogas Association (ADBA) has published the first edition of a guide for developers and operators of anaerobic digestion facilities in the UK.

ADBA’s “Practical Guide to AD” was launched during the industry’s annual exhibition, UK AD & Biogas 2013, on 3 July. It contains examples of best practices and explains incentives, regulation, and health and safety legislation in the field of anaerobic digestion.

“Supporting a professional and established industry is one of ADBA’s key aims,” said Charlotte Morton, ABDA chief executive, “the guide should help improve access to finance, support good plant operation and raise efficiency at every stage of an AD project, ultimately maximising profitability.”

Industry members and regulators welcomed the publication of the guide.

David Smith, chief executive at the Energy Networks Association said that the document was “the first complete reference guide” for those working to develop AD facilities in the UK.

According to Howard Leberman, senior adviser for site based regulation at the Environment Agency, said the guide will be a source of information on planning and permitting, health and safety, digestate standards, feedstock characteristics, design build and commissioning, as well as new topics for developing areas such as biomethane injection and use as a transport fuel.

“I can’t stress enough how good AD design and operation are imperative in maximising biogas production and quality of digestate and minimising impact on the environment,” he added.

Claire Kneller, special adviser at WRAP and member of the guide review team, said that food and drink companies will also find the document useful, as many are now looking to send their waste to AD sites or look at on site options.

Stuart Reynolds, chair of the CIWM’s biological treatment special interest group, described the document as a “comprehensive practical guide” and said that it could benefit not only operators, but also those working in sectors related to anaerobic digestion treatment, including financiers, local authority procurement teams.

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