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This award will be given to the company or project that demonstrates how it is minimising food waste arisings and maximising the quantity and quality of food waste extracted from the waste stream for collection for AD within or outside of the UK. Special recognition will be given to effective source segregation which maximises the quality and quantity of feedstock collected. As a nominee you can enter companies offering food waste collections for AD, or a group of companies/organisations or a project in which different parties work together in order to facilitate effective collection of food waste for AD.

This award will be judged by reference to the following information:

  • Stated objectives.
  • Evidence to support your application including detailed technical/operational KPIs.
  • Summary of the business, service or project, including a comparison of the previous situation to the current and to other schemes, demonstrating why this achieves more effective collection of quality food waste for AD; including any problems which had to be overcome.
  • How the collection scheme has (a) contributed to food waste minimisation goals, (b) increased the volume of food waste sent to AD, and (c) maximised the potential outputs from that food waste, supporting this with ‘before and after’ data.
  • Criteria will include data relating to food waste intercepted per capita; amounts of food waste found in residual waste; purity of food waste collected (level of contamination); percentage of resident population; food service enterprises covered in the collection programme; and quality of output materials and their sale to market (digestate, compost).
  • How the business/service/project has educated and communicated with local communities and councils.
  • Any cost, time and GHG savings or additional revenues that have been, or will be, made.

Who should enter?

Waste collection companies, waste recycling companies, waste brokers/facilitators, local authorities, food and drink manufacturers, AD operators, hospitality operators, farmers, any business or public body (schools, hospitals etc.) sending their waste to AD, and researchers.

Rules for entry

  • Entries open to UK and international companies.
  • Entries should be no longer than 1500 words and no longer than 4 x A4 pages of supporting information.

This award will be given to the product, design, service or process that has demonstrated the highest level of performance in improving efficiency or optimising the AD process in the past 12 months. This includes products, designs, services and processes that maximise the value of the inputs and/or outputs of the AD process.

This award will be judged by reference to the following information:

  • Stated objectives.
  • Evidence to support your application including detailed technical/operational KPIs.
  • A description of the product/design/process/service and how it increases the efficiency or performance of the overall AD process.
  • Before and after performance data that demonstrates how the product/design/process/service has increased the value of the inputs and/or outputs of the AD process.
  • How innovation in the product/design/process/service has increased efficiency in the AD process.

Who should enter?

AD technology and equipment suppliers (including pre-treatment, in-tank optimisation and post-treatment), AD developers/operators, consultants, and researchers.

Rules for entry

  • Entries open to UK and international companies.
  • Entries should be no longer than 1500 words and no longer than 4 x A4 pages of supporting information.

This award will be given to the company or project that has demonstrated the greatest level of innovation or market development in the production, treatment or use of digestate from AD and/or the development of markets which realise the value of digestate.

This award will be judged by reference to the following information:

  • Stated objectives.
  • Evidence to support your application including detailed technical/operational KPIs.
  • Summary of the business/service/project/innovation/product in a way that details what has been achieved or how the market has been developed.
  • How the business/service/project/innovation/product or market development has reduced the use of non-renewable fertilisers and any other benefits achieved, supporting this with relevant before and after data/information.
  • How the business/service/project/innovation/product and/or market development has maximised the value of the digestate produced with particular emphasis on financial and environmental benefits, supported by data/information comparing achievements against objectives.

Who should enter?

Digestate manufacturers/suppliers, technology or equipment manufacturers/suppliers, AD operators, developers, consultants, farmers, spreader suppliers and researchers.

Rules for entry

  • Entries open to UK and international companies.
  • Entries should be no longer than 1500 words and no longer than 4 x A4 pages of supporting information.

This award will be given to the company or project demonstrating the best use of the gas output of a UK based AD project. Whether the biogas is used for electricity production and heat (CHP), cooling, upgraded and injected into the national gas grid or used as a transport fuel, nominees need to demonstrate that they are converting the energy produced in the most efficient, site-appropriate and economically viable way to maximise the value (in the broadest sense) achieved from the biogas generated.

This award will be judged by reference to the following information:

  • Stated objectives.
  • Provide detailed technical/operational KPIs and evidence to support your application.
  • Summary of the project including the conversion technology used, the ultimate use made of the biogas and benefits derived.
  • The energy conversion achieved as well as the environmental and financial benefits made.
  • How the way in which you convert the biogas would compare to other technologies for this particular project.
  • Data evidencing achievements against objectives.

Who should enter?

AD technology and equipment suppliers, fuel providers, energy companies or suppliers, consultants, AD developers/operators, waste water treatment companies, fleet operators, local authorities, food and drink businesses, other AD businesses, farmers, vehicle manufacturers and researchers.

Rules for entry

  • Entries open to UK and international companies.
  • Entries should be no longer than 1500 words and no longer than 4 x A4 pages of supporting information.

Sponsored by Future Biogas

This award will be given to any individual for making an outstanding contribution to the development of AD in the UK or global AD industry.  This award will be voted for by the industry.

As a nominee you will be judged by reference to the following information:

  • To nominate a person please provide a 300-word summary of how the nominated individual has contributed to the development of AD in the UK or elsewhere, quantifying if at all possible the value of that contribution.

Who should enter?

Any individual making an outstanding contribution to the development of AD in the UK or global AD industry. You can nominate an individual either in your own business or in another organisation.

Rules for entry

  • Entries open to UK and international individuals.
  • Entries should be no longer than 300 words.
  • A shortlist of nominees will be sent out to the industry and will be voted on in a survey.

This award will be given to the team making or working towards the most outstanding contribution to the delivery of AD projects in the UK or internationally.

This award will be judged by reference to the following information:

  • A summary of how the team has delivered AD projects in the relevant market, quantifying if at all possible the value of that contribution.
  • Any relevant data or information to support this.
  • Any difficulties or challenges the team addressed and helped to overcome.
  • Two testimonials outlining why the team should win this award.

Rules for entry

  • Entries open to UK and international companies.
  • Entries should be no longer than 1500 words and no longer than 4 x A4 pages of supporting information.
  • Two testimonials must be included to support the nomination.

This award will be given to any person, company or team providing outstanding technical support in the AD industry. Entries should ideally come from those who have been the recipients of the outstanding technical support, rather than those providing it, or be accompanied by testimonials from the recipients. 

This award will be judged by reference to the following information:

  • A summary of what technical operational support was provided, and why it was outstanding.
  • Any relevant data or information to support this.
  • Any difficulties or challenges that the support provider addressed and helped to overcome.
  • Two testimonials outlining why the entrant should win this award.

Who should enter?

AD designers/builders/developers/operators, technology and equipment suppliers, food and drink businesses, waste management companies, consultants and academics.

Rules for entry:

  • Entries open to UK & international companies and organisations.
  • Entries should be no longer than 1500 words and no longer than 4 x A4 pages of supporting information.

This award will be given to any person, company or team providing outstanding Legal/accounting/consulting support in the AD industry. From getting the project finances and contracts in shape to obtaining planning permission and necessary permits, we want to see examples where individuals or teams have clearly added value to the project.  Entries should ideally come from those who have been the recipients of the outstanding support, rather than those providing it, or be accompanied by testimonials from the recipients. 

This award will be judged by reference to the following information:

  • A summary of what legal/accounting/consulting or operational support was provided, and why it was outstanding.
  • Any relevant data or information to support this.
  • Any difficulties or challenges that the support provider addressed and helped to overcome.
  • Two testimonials outlining why the entrant should win this award.

Who should enter?

AD designers/builders/developers/operators, technology and equipment suppliers, food and drink businesses, waste management companies, consultants and academics.

Rules for entry:

  • Entries open to UK & international companies, organisations and individuals.
  • Entries should be no longer than 1500 words and no longer than 4 x A4 pages of supporting information.

This award will be given to any person, company or team who has carried out a research project which has made or might/could make a significant contribution to the AD industry.

This award will be judged by reference to the following information:

  • A summary of the research project, the contribution it has made or could make to the AD industry, and why it was outstanding
  • Focus on translation and R&D research.
  • Relevant data or information to support this.
  • Two supporting testimonials, including one from an academic, outlining why the entrant should win this award.

Who should enter?

AD designers/builders/developers/operators, technology and equipment suppliers, food and drink businesses, waste management companies, consultants and universities.

Rules for entry:

  • Entries open to UK & international companies and universities.
  • Entries should be no longer than 1500 words and no longer than 4 x A4 pages of supporting information.

This award will be given to any person, company or team who has demonstrated innovation in relation to biomethane. Innovation may be classed in different ways, relating to product, process (e.g. route to market) or outcome (e.g. emissions reduction), be fundamental or an improvement, and be disruptive or sustaining. 

This award will be judged by reference to the following information:

  • What problem does the innovation address?
  • How has the nominated innovation provided a distinctive solution?
  • In what ways does/could the innovation support the wider AD industry?

Who should enter?

The nominated innovation may relate to gas-to-grid or use of biomethane in the transport sector. Entries may come from AD designers/builders/developers/operators, technology and equipment suppliers, food and drink businesses, waste management companies, consultants and universities.

Rules for entry

  • Entries open to UK and international companies, organisations, universities and individuals.
  • Entries should be no longer than 1500 words and no longer than 4 x A4 pages of supporting information.

Sponsored by 4DAD Services

This award will be given to any individual working in the industry for less than five years. You will need to demonstrate you are making an outstanding contribution to the development of AD in the UK or globally.   

As a nominee you will be judged by reference to the following information:

  • A summary of how the nominated individual has contributed to the development of AD in the UK or elsewhere, quantifying if at all possible the value of that contribution.
  • Evidence that the individual has worked in the industry for less than five years – please provide a CV.
  • Any relevant data or information to support this.
  • Any difficulties or challenges the individual addressed and helped to overcome.
  • Two testimonials outlining why the individual should win this award.

Who should enter?

Any individual making an outstanding contribution to the development of AD in the UK or globally. You can nominate an individual either in your own business or in another organisation.

Rules for entry

  • Entries open to individuals from the UK and abroad.
  • Entries should be no longer than 1000 words and no longer than 4 x A4 pages of supporting information.
  • Two testimonials supporting the entry.
  • An updated CV.

This award will be given to the project judged to be most likely to help the industry to address methane or ammonia emissions from AD plants and digestate storage/spreading, including new innovations being brought to the market, impactful research projects or tried-and-tested technologies. Ammonia emissions, which can arise from digestate storage and spreading, can have impacts on the environment and human health and should be managed effectively through appropriate storage and utilisation of low emission spreading techniques. Methane leakage is a topic which has recently gained interest from academia, policy-makers, operators and others in the sector – to date, it is a relatively under-developed area. This award will recognise an individual, team, company or project which is tackling these issues head on and furthering our understanding of measuring and abating emissions.

This award will be judged by reference to the following information:

  • Details of the project or technology that is being delivered, its objectives and results.
  • Summary of how the project can have benefits for the wider industry or the impact it is having
  • How the research findings or technology has been communicated to industry to maximise awareness
  • Quantification of emissions reduction or case studies.

Who should enter?

Technology suppliers, researchers and academics, operators, consultants, technical advisers.

Rules for entry

  • Entries open to UK and International companies, organisations, universities and individuals.
  • Entries should be no longer than 1500 words and no longer than 4 x A4 pages of supporting information.

UK Only Awards

This award will be given to the AD plant manager who has demonstrated an exceptional ability to run an AD plant and overcome any barriers to success in the past 12 months. The nominee can be the plant manager or overall person in charge of any size plant, fed with any feedstock as long as the plant’s primary function is anaerobic digestion.

As a nominee you will be judged by reference to the following information:

  • A summary of how the nominated individual has demonstrated that their personal day-to-day management of an AD plant has delivered exceptional results or overcome significant operational challenges, quantifying if at all possible the results or improvement.
  • Any relevant data or information to support this.
  • Any technical, biological, human resources or other operational difficulties or challenges the individual addressed and helped to overcome.
  • Two testimonials outlining why the individual should win this award.

Who should enter?

Any AD plant manager who has demonstrated an exceptional running of an AD plant of any size. You can nominate either an individual in your own business or in another organisation.

Rules for entry

  • Entries open to individuals from the UK and abroad.
  • Entries should be no longer than 1000 words and no longer than 4 x A4 pages of supporting information.
  • Two testimonials supporting the entry.

This award will be given to the best food and drink industry AD project of any size.

This award will be judged by reference to the following information:

  • Summary of the AD project including an outline of the food and drink business, the feedstock, outputs, and main technologies used as well as the objectives and the criteria for success.
  • Details on how the plant makes the most of its feedstock, biogas and digestate and if appropriate the benefits delivered to the food and drink business with supporting information.
  • How the project has maximised the value of the waste and demonstrated efficiency, carbon and cost savings within the project and/or the business.
  • Any challenges or issues faced in project delivery and how they were overcome.
  • The benefits the project has delivered for the food and drink business, with particular emphasis on financial and environmental benefits. Please include relevant before and after data/information.
  • Why the plant is better than other comparable AD plants.

Who should enter?

AD designers/builders/developers/operators, technology and equipment suppliers, food and drink businesses, waste management companies, consultants.

Rules for entry

  • Entries open to UK companies only.
  • Entries should be no longer than 1500 words and no longer than 4 x A4 pages of supporting information.

Sponsored by Vogelsang

This award will be given to the best on-farm AD plant of any size.

This award will be judged by reference to the following information:

  • Summary of the project including design capacity, feedstock, outputs, main technologies used, outline of the farming business or businesses, and the objectives and criteria for success.
  • Key performance indicators including:
    • Tonnage processed in 2017
    • Energy outputs (m3 biogas and biogas utilisation) – including a copy of the Environment Agency annual report which includes these figures if appropriate
    • Digestate utilisation and quantities
    • Indication of any permit breaches
  • How the project has achieved the objectives outlined above.
  • Any challenges/issues faced in project delivery and how they were overcome.
  • The benefits the project has delivered for the farming business and environment, with particular emphasis on financial, environmental and biodiversity benefits. Please include relevant before and after data/information.
  • Any evidence on how the AD plant has helped the farm to become more climate smart, for example reducing GHG emissions, generating renewable energy, recycling nutrients/organic matter, reducing chemical inputs.
  • Why this plant is better than other on-farm AD plants.

Who should enter?

Farmers (including combines and joint ventures), land managers, developers, operators, equipment suppliers, digestate treatment companies, seed manufacturers and consultants.

Rules for entry

  • Entries open to UK companies only.
  • Entries should be no longer than 1500 words and no longer than 4 x A4 pages of supporting information.

Sponsored by Airliquide

This award will be given to the best merchant waste AD plant. Plants taking waste from any source are eligible, including those co-digesting waste with other materials.

This award will be judged by reference to the following information:

  • A summary of the AD plant including the feedstock, outputs and the main technologies used as well as the objectives and criteria for success.
  • Key performance indicators including:
    • Tonnage processed in 2017
    • Energy outputs (m3 biogas and biogas utilisation) – including a copy of the Environment Agency annual report which includes these figures if appropriate
    • Digestate utilisation and quantities
    • Indication of any permit breaches
  • Details about how the plant makes the most of its feedstock, biogas and digestate and if appropriate the benefits delivered to the business with supporting data/information.
  • Details of feedstock, digester efficiency, and how this project efficiently utilises the digester products, with supporting data/information.
  • Details of any specific challenges overcome in the development of the plant.
  • Why the plant is better than other merchant waste AD plants.

Who should enter?

AD designers/builders/developers/operators, technology and equipment suppliers, waste management companies, consultants.

Rules for entry

  • Entries open to UK companies only.
  • Entries should be no longer than 1500 words and no longer than 4 x A4 pages of supporting information.

International Only Awards

Sponsored by Pentair

This award will be given to the best agricultural or on-farm AD plant of any size outside the UK.

This award will be judged by reference to the following information:

  • Summary of the project including the feedstock, outputs and main technologies used, an outline of the farming business or businesses, and the objectives and criteria for success.
  • How the project has achieved the objectives outlined above.
  • Any challenges/issues faced in project delivery and how they were overcome.
  • The benefits the project has delivered for the farming business and environment, with particular emphasis on financial, environmental and biodiversity benefits. Please include relevant before and after data/information.
  • Any evidence on how the AD plant has helped the farm to become more climate smart, for example reducing GHG emissions, generating renewable energy, recycling nutrients/organic matter, reducing chemical inputs.
  • Why the plant is better than other agricultural AD plants outside the UK.

Who should enter?

Farmers (including combines and joint ventures), land managers, developers, operators, equipment suppliers, digestate treatment companies, seed manufacturers and consultants.

Rules for entry

  • Entries open to international companies only.
  • Entries should be no longer than 1500 words and no longer than 4 x A4 pages of supporting information.

This award will be given to the best international merchant waste AD plant. Plants taking waste from any source are eligible, including those co-digesting waste with other materials.

This award will be judged by reference to the following information:

  • A summary of the AD plant including the feedstock, outputs and the main technologies used as well as the objectives and criteria for success.
  • Key performance indicators including:
    • Tonnage processed in 2017
    • Energy outputs (m3 biogas and biogas utilisation) – including a copy of the Environment Agency annual report which includes these figures if appropriate
    • Digestate utilisation and quantities
    • Indication of any permit breaches
  • Details about how the plant makes the most of its feedstock, biogas and digestate and if appropriate the benefits delivered to the business, with supporting data/information.
  • Details of the feedstock, digester efficiency, and how this project efficiently utilises the digester products, with supporting data/information.
  • Details of any specific challenges overcome in the development of the plant.
  • Why the plant is better than other international merchant waste AD plants.

Who should enter?

AD designers/builders/developers/operators, technology and equipment suppliers, waste management companies, consultants.

Rules for entry

  • Entries open to international companies only.
  • Entries should be no longer than 1500 words and no longer than 4 x A4 pages of supporting information.

This award will be given to the best collaborative AD project of any size outside the UK. The project must involve two or more companies working together to build an AD plant outside of the UK.

This award will be judged by reference to the following information:

  • Summary of the project including the feedstock, outputs and main technologies used, an outline of the business or businesses, and the objectives and criteria for success.
  • How the project has achieved the objectives outlined above.
  • Any challenges/issues faced in project delivery and how they were overcome.
  • The benefits the project has delivered for the business and environment, with particular emphasis on financial, environmental and biodiversity benefits. Please include relevant before and after data/information.
  • Any evidence on how the AD plant has helped the business to become more climate smart, for example reducing GHG emissions, generating renewable energy, recycling nutrients/organic matter, reducing chemical inputs.
  • Why this plant is worthy of an award – what makes it stand out from other AD plants outside the UK?

Who should enter?

Developers, operators, equipment suppliers, digestate treatment companies, and consultants.

Rules for entry

  • Entries open to international companies only.
  • Entries should be no longer than 1500 words and no longer than 4 x A4 pages of supporting information.
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