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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?

Legal, accounting and consulting firms, and in-house teams or individuals working in the AD industry.

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.

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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.
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