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2019 Categories

The 2019 Award Categories are listed below.

You will have the option to download the entry form for the category/ies you wish to enter. Please ensure you read over all entry criteria carefully before submitting your entry.

Do provide evidence to support every claim you make.  Evidence should be robust and independent.
Do not submit the same, untailored entry to every category.
Do not submit marketing or promotional materials.

All entrants to any of the below categories MUST include:

  • A summary of the submission
  • An explanation of the contribution it has made or could make to the AD industry, and why it was outstanding
  • Robust and verifiable evidence to document the claims being made

Multiple entries are welcome, but every entry should be specific to the entered category.

This award will be given to…

The company or project that has demonstrated the greatest level of innovation or market development in the production and/or treatment of outputs from the anaerobic digestion process, whether biogas, digestate or other innovative bioresources.

Biogas is used for electricity production and heat (CHP), upgraded to biomethane and injected into the national gas grid or used as a transport fuel, and 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.

Nominees may find innovation or market development in the production, treatment or use of digestate and/or in the development of markets which realise the value of digestate.

Nominees could find clever use of other, innovative bioresources such as bioplastics, high-value gases, proteins, or other chemicals.

Additional information the judges will be looking for…

  • Evidence to support your application including detailed technical/operational KPIs.
  • Summary of the business/service/project/innovation/product in a way that provides details of what has been achieved or how the market has been developed over the preceding 12 months. This could involve describing how the business/service/project/innovation/product or market development has improved demand for biogas, or its reputation, or reduced the use of non-renewable fertilisers and any other benefits achieved. Claims must be supported with relevant data
  • Entries should provide information on the environmental and financial benefits delivered

Who should enter?

Biogas technology and equipment suppliers, fuel providers, energy companies or suppliers, consultants, biogas developers/operators, waste water treatment companies, fleet operators, local authorities, food and drink businesses, farmers, vehicle manufacturers, researchers and any other businesses adopting or utilising outputs from the anaerobic digestion process.

This award will be given to…

Any person, company or project that has demonstrated the greatest level of innovation or market development in a food waste collection system to capture biowastes from households, retail and hospitality sectors.

A robust food waste collection system requires a project or company to engage positively with the public to improve capture rates, includes both a strategy to redistribute food and divert organic wastes away from landfill to biogas production and measures to reduce the carbon footprint of collection.

Additional information the judges will be looking for:

  • Evidence on how the collection scheme has (a) contributed to food waste minimisation goals, (b) increased the volume of food waste sent to the production of biogas and natural fertiliser, and (c) maximised the potential outputs from that food waste, supporting this with ‘before and after’ data
  • How the business/service/project has educated and communicated to the local communities and councils
  • Any cost, time and GHG savings or additional revenues that are, or will be, made

Who should enter?

Projects that have delivered successful strategies on source-segregated food wastes to capture organic wastes from households, retail and hospitality sectors to first redistribute and then send to biogas production; companies in the supply chain who have developed technology to handle the treatment of organic waste feedstocks and reduce the carbon footprint of organic waste collections.

This award will be given to…

Any person, company or team who has carried out a significant research project that has made or might/could make a contribution to the biogas industry, or to any commercialisation project.

Compulsory additional information required for entry in this category…

  • Nominees should refer to the Technology Readiness Level to which the innovation relates and note specific activities in relation to that.
  • Nominees should set out the contribution that the innovation has made (or could make) to the biogas industry
  • Two supporting testimonials must be provided (from academia or industry), outlining why the entrant should win this award.

Who should enter?

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

This award is sponsored by…

This award will be given to…
Any individual, public engagement or outreach programme making an outstanding contribution to the development of anaerobic digestion in the UK or global biogas industry.

This award will be judged by reference to the following information…
Provide a 300-word summary of how the nominated person/project has contributed to the development of anaerobic digestion and biogas in the UK or internationally, quantifying if at all possible the value of that contribution.

Who should enter?
Any individual/project making an outstanding contribution to the development of AD in the UK or global AD industry. You can nominate someone from within your own business or another organisation.

This award will be given to…
Any individual working in the industry for less than five years. You will need to demonstrate how you (or the nominated individual) are making an outstanding contribution to the development of anaerobic digestion and biogas in the UK or globally.

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

  • A summary of how the nominated individual has contributed to the development of biogas and anaerobic digestion 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 anaerobic digestion and biogas in the UK or globally. You can nominate an individual either in your own business or in another organisation.

This award will be given to…
any person, company or team providing outstanding support in the AD industry. 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 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, technical, legal and accounting consultants and academics.

This award is sponsored by…

This award will be given to…

The product, design, service or process that has demonstrated the highest level of innovation in improving efficiency or optimisation in the anaerobic digestion process in the past 12 months. This includes products, designs, services and processes that maximise the value of the inputs and/or outputs in the AD process.

Additional information the judges will be looking for…

  • Before and after performance data that demonstrates how the product/design/process/service has increased the value of the inputs and/or outputs in the AD process over the past 12 months
  • NOTE that any undated evidence or evidence relating to improvements outside of the last 12 months will be disregarded

Who should enter?

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

This award will be given to…

The strongest export development and market growth within the worldwide biogas industry during the past 12 months.

Additional information the judges will be looking for…

  • Explanation of the marketing and engagement provided to grow your market share
  • Evidence of before and after sales figures

Who should enter?

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

This award will be given to…

The best collaborative anaerobic digestion and biogas project of any size. The project must involve two or more companies working together. Companies or teams providing outstanding legal/accounting/consulting/operational support in the AD industry are welcome to apply.

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

  • Summary of the project.
  • How the project has achieved the objectives
  • 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.

Who should enter?
Developers, operators, equipment suppliers, digestate treatment companies, and consultants.

This award will be given to…

The best micro-digester, wherever deployed and whatever feedstock it is using. A micro-digester would be <50kW.

Additional information the judges will be looking for…

  • Explanation of the feedstock, process, outputs and main technologies used, an outline business case as well as the objectives and criteria for success.
  • Clear statements of differentiation. This may involve:
    • 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, efficiency of the digester, and how this project efficiently utilises the products the digester produces with supporting data/information.
    • Details of any specific challenges that you overcame in the development of this plant.
    • A statement as to why this digester is better than other microdigesters.

Who should enter?

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

This award is sponsored by…

This award will be given to…

The best biogas plant worldwide that is 1MWe-equivalent or smaller in capacity.

Additional information the judges will be looking for…

  • Explanation of the feedstock, process, outputs and main technologies used, an outline business case as well as the objectives and criteria for success.
  • Clear statements of differentiation. This may involve:
    • 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, efficiency of the digester, and how this project efficiently utilises the products the digester produces with supporting data/information.
    • Details of any specific challenges that you overcame in the development of this plant.
    • A statement as to why this plant is better than other plants equal to or smaller in capacity than 1MWe-equivalent

Who should enter?

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

This award will be given to…

the best biogas plant worldwide that is greater than 1MWe-equivalent in capacity.

Additional information the judges will be looking for…

  • Explanation of the feedstock, process, outputs and main technologies used, an outline business case as well as the objectives and criteria for success.
  • Clear statements of differentiation. This may involve:
    • 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, efficiency of the digester, and how this project efficiently utilises the products the digester produces with supporting data/information.
    • Details of any specific challenges that you overcame in the development of this plant.
    • A statement as to why this plant is better than other plants greater in capacity than 1MWe-equivalent

Who should enter?

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

This award will be given to…

The company, organisation, or public body that has produced the most impactful marketing campaign to raise public awareness of the many benefits of anaerobic digestion (AD) and/or biogas.

Information the judges will be looking for…

  • The aims of the campaign and the thinking behind it
  • Why the campaign was particularly innovative or creative
  • How the campaign was executed
  • Quantitative and/or qualitative evidence demonstrating the impact of the campaign
  • What the campaign can teach the wider industry about raising public awareness of AD and biogas

Who should enter?

Biogas plant developers and operators, local authorities/regional governments, public bodies, academic research projects, community groups, businesses using biogas in their operations or collecting food waste for recycling through AD/biogas.

Would like to join us on stage at the awards to present the Best Biogas Marketing award? Contact Roberta.Bontempo@adbioresources.org  for sponsorship details.

This award will be given to…

The company, organisation, or public body that can display the best and/or most innovative approach to the integration of energy systems, such as heat and electricity grids, into wider systems such as waste and transport.

Information the judges will be looking for…

  • Evidence of systems being integrated and loops being closed
  • Social value being delivered
  • Innovation
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