The Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA) has launched its “pioneering” anaerobic digestion (AD) certification scheme, designed to help plant operators improve their operational, environmental, and health and safety performance, particularly in terms of energy generation and digestate quality.
Charlotte Morton, ADBA chief executive, said: “Our certification scheme defines good practice and enables AD plants to be recognised as meeting it. 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.”
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The voluntary, industry-led, scheme includes detailed assessment criteria that will allow third-party certification bodies to verify the achievement of good practice at AD plants. It was developed with industry stakeholders, with ADBA calling it the “most comprehensive of its type”.
Marie Fallon, director of regulated industry at the Environment Agency, said: “The agency welcomes the scheme as a positive intervention by the industry to improve performance in the AD sector. We share the determination in reducing pollution incidents which is a risk to the reputation of the industry. We will continue to work with ADBA to share evidence and information to achieving that goal.”
Rick Brunt, head of vulnerable workers, agriculture, waste and recycling unit at the Health & Safety Executive, added: “Seeing ADBA’s scheme progress to the next stage is an excellent example of the industry working together, driving improvement of its own standards and expectations.
”I hope that we will see the remainder of the AD industry embracing the scheme with the same level of enthusiasm as those that have worked on its development.”