skip to Main Content
Menu

2022 Categories

The 2022 Award Categories are listed below.

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

An AD plant is a gas generator and gas can be hazardous. It is therefore vital that the plant is run safely by suitably trained site operators and properly equipped to mitigate the risks.  

Suitably trained site operators armed with a comprehensive health and safety management plan will ensure the operational integrity of plants, and ensure they run safely and efficiently.  

This award will recognize those exemplary companies, technology providers or sites that help protect personnel, the environment and plant infrastructure and, in the process, the reputation of the industry. 

Entry Criteria 

The Health and Safety Award will be given to the AD plant that exemplifies excellence in the management of health and safety risks and the promotion of an all-round health and safety culture.  

The judges will need to see evidence of: 

  1. Measurable health, safety and environmental objectives set across the operation 
  2. How the management system is structured and communicated (i.e., a timetable of routine HSE meetings, to refresh and update measures)  
  3. Staff involvement in devising HSE systems and any additional training to increase their expertise and awareness 
  4. Any examples of the safety management system preventing an incident 

Who Should Enter? 

  • Biogas technology and equipment suppliers from personal gas monitors to lightning protection consultants and individuals  
  • Plant developers  
  • Operations and maintenance companies  
  • Individual sites  
  • Any other businesses adopting or implementing health and safety best practice in the anaerobic digestion industry. 

Here at ADBA and WBA, we encourage gender diversity. The Women in Biogas Award is about recognizing the achievements of women in a sector where women are substantially underrepresented. 

The Women in Biogas Award recognizes and rewards the achievements of women working within the biogas industry, with the aim of raising the profile of biogas as an attractive career path and inspiring others to enter the industry as well as encouraging excellence. 

Entry Criteria 

To nominate a woman for this award, please supply: 

  1. A brief CV 
  2. Details of the role performed 
  3. 300-word summary of how this employee has made a difference to the performance of the business. This could be related to a change in culture or operational practice that has increased efficiency, or by simply being brilliant and innovative in an aspect of biogas that has taken the business to another level. 

Who Should Enter? 

Any woman involved in any aspect of biogas development, from design through to process and operation.

We want to know about any individual, public engagement or outreach programme making an outstanding contribution to the development of anaerobic digestion in the UK or global biogas industry. 

Entry Criteria 

  1. 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 organization. 

This award recognizes an individual who in five years or less of joining the industry has made an outstanding contribution to the development of anaerobic digestion and biogas in the UK or globally; this could be on the technical, operational, support, or indeed social media/ communications side. 

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

  1. A 300-word summary of how the nominated individual has contributed to the development of biogas and anaerobic digestion in the UK or elsewhere, quantifying if possible, the value of that contribution 
  2. Evidence that the individual has worked in the industry for less than five years – please provide a CV  
  3. Any relevant data or information to support this 
  4. Any difficulties or challenges the individual addressed and helped to overcome  
  5. 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 organization.

Open to any person, company or team providing outstanding support to the anaerobic digestion and biogas industry.  

Entries should ideally come from those who have been the recipients of outstanding support, rather than those providing it, or be accompanied by testimonials from the recipients. 

Entry Criteria 

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

Who Should Enter? 

  • Anaerobic digestion designers, builders, developers, operators 
  • Technology and equipment suppliers 
  • Food and drink businesses 
  • Waste management companies 
  • Technical, legal and accounting consultants 
  • Finance 
  • PPA Providers 
  • Academics 

The IEA says AD sits at the heart of the circular economy, recycling organic wastes and serving to reduce food waste. The outputs serve to reduce the carbon footprint of heat supply, transport, agriculture, food manufacture and wastewater treatment.  

We want to hear about any person, company or team in the value chain who can demonstrate how they have closed the loop, turning waste into a product. 

Entry Criteria 

The judges will need to see evidence of: 

  1. How the AD operation delivers a closed loop system, minimizing the use of virgin materials 
  2. Evidence will need to show feedstock supply and off-takers for products; biomethane/electricity, bio-CO2, and biofertilizer e.g., domestic food waste delivering a local heat network or biomethane as transport fuel, food manufacturer utilizing all four outputs, manures and slurries powering cheese production. Ideally, additional evidence on maximizing resource efficiency across the operation would be welcome 

Who Should Enter? 

  • Local authorities with separate food waste collections, delivering electricity/biogas for heat and/or public transport 
  • Food manufacturers deploying biogas to reduce the carbon foot print of their products 
  • Fleet managers for deploying RNG fueled trucks 
  • AD operators who have enabled the above 

To deliver global net zero targets, we need carbon negative technologies. AD, coupled with CCU technology, can delivers this. 

Entry Criteria 

To be considered, candidates will need to demonstrate how their operation is delivering net zero:  

  1. Evidence of steps taken and controls to prevent fugitive emissions. Use of all outputs from the AD facility – biogas, bio-fertiliser, bio-CO2 Innovative steps to reduce indirect impacts – i.e., pumping digestate to lagoons to avoid transportation  
  2. Innovative steps taken to mitigate/offset GHG emissions – such as private wires, local heat networks, biomethane-fueled logistics, use of CO2 in growing. 

Who Should Enter? 

  • An AD facility that has deployed CCU 
  • CO2 supply chain offtakers (Biocarbonics) 
  • Food manufacturers deploying AD to decarbonise logistics fleet, heat and capturing CO2 to carbonate products 

Around the world AD operators are using a vast array of feedstocks, expanding the potential of biogas, as modern technologies and processes enable a greater array of feedstocks to be used in AD. This award will recognise innovation in technology, processes, catalysts (biological and chemical) and microbial communities that are delivering dramatic results in increased gas output. 

Entry Criteria 

  1. Demonstration of scalability through data (either in practice or theoretical) 
  2. Evidence that its use provides a solution to a known environmental problem 
  3. Demonstration of overcoming a regulatory barrier – statement from regulators such as the Environment Agency 
  4. Demonstration of where a solution allows use of a previously unused feedstock 
  5. Examples, descriptions and case studies of novel collection methods/partnerships 

Who Should Enter? 

Any company increasing process options and optimization, including biological and chemical additives, macerators, pre-treatments

Entry Criteria 

The best AD plant worldwide that is <1MWe / 500Nm3/hr biogas or smaller in capacity.  

The best micro-digester, wherever deployed and whatever feedstock it is using. 

Additional information the judges will be looking for:  

  1. Explanation of the feedstock, process, outputs and main technologies used, an outline business case as well as the objectives and criteria for success.  
  2. 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 
  3. Details of the feedstock, efficiency of the digester, and how this project efficiently utilises the products the digester produces with supporting data/information.  
  4. 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 
  • Developers 
  • Digestate treatment companies 
  • Equipment suppliers 
  • Farmers (including combines and joint ventures) 
  • Land managers 
  • Operators 
  • Seed manufacturers and consultants 

This award will be given to…

The best AD plant worldwide that is <1MWe / 500Nm3/hr biogas or smaller in capacity.

Entry Criteria 

Additional information the judges will be looking for:  

  1. Explanation of the feedstock, process, outputs and main technologies used, an outline business case as well as the objectives and criteria for success.  
  2. 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.  
  3. Details of the feedstock, efficiency of the digester, and how this project efficiently utilises the products the digester produces with supporting data/information.  
  4. Details of any specific challenges that you overcame in the development of this plant.  
  5. 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 
  • Consultants 
  • Farmers 
  • Land managers 
  • Technology and equipment suppliers 
  • Waste management companies 

Entry Criteria 

Additional information the judges will be looking for:  

  1. Explanation of the feedstock, process, outputs and main technologies used, an outline business case as well as the objectives and criteria for success.  
  2. 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.  
  3. Details of the feedstock, efficiency of the digester, and how this project efficiently utilises the products the digester produces with supporting data/information.  
  4. Details of any specific challenges that you overcame in the development of this plant.  
  5. 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 
  • Consultants 
  • Farmers 
  • Land managers 
  • Technology and equipment suppliers 
  • Waste management companies 
Back To Top