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The AD & Biogas Industry Awards are organised by the AD & Bioresources Association (ADBA) and the World Biogas Association (WBA) to promote and recognise excellence in the international anaerobic digestion (AD) and biogas industry. AD Professionals from all over the world will hope to win these highly coveted awards.

The Awards also offer AD organisations the opportunity to showcase innovation excellence to the wider market.

A full list of categories and the entry form can be viewed here.

They are:

  1. Clever Use of Outputs or By-products
  2. Best R&D Innovation Award
  3. AD Hero of the Year
  4. AD Rising Star
  5. Best Anaerobic Digestion/Biogas Support
  6. Most Improved Plant
  7. International Knowledge Exchange & Collaboration
  8. Best Small Scale Biogas Plant
  9. Best Medium to Large Scale Biogas Plant
  10. Health and Safety Award
  11. The Circular Economy Award
  12. Best Financing Award

The judges are industry leaders chosen for their neutrality and expertise.

You can find our expert judging panel here.


After the entry deadline of 5th May 2020, each entry is carefully reviewed by a panel of expert judges who then shortlist up to six entrants for each category.  The shortlisted entries are subsequently debated at a round table event and the winner decided by a majority vote.

The winners are announced at a black tie gala dinner at the Vox, Birmingham on the evening of Wednesday 1st July 2020.

The awards are open to any company or organisation operating in the AD and biogas industry anywhere around the world, regardless of size or sector.

There is no entry fee, the awards are free to enter.

All applications must relate to achievements during the 12 month period from February 2019 to February 2020. However, relevant material can be submitted for work prior to February 2019.

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

Please enter your submission via our awards platform –

Entries must be submitted in English.

There are clear guidelines for each category but it is worth being selective. Judges will not want to work their way through multiple images or lengthy documents. Judges particularly like to see third party validation of any claims made within the entry. Each entry should be a maximum of two A4 pages.

Do’s and don’ts for entries

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.

There are separate criteria for each of the categories and this appears on the category page.

The judges will be looking for real evidence of the entrant meeting all the criteria whilst embracing the underlying values of the competition.

General entry requirements

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.

Yes, each entry will be kept fully confidential.

The judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into after the judging. Due to the number of entries and the confidentiality of the process we are unfortunately unable to give feedback on to why an entry has not been included on the shortlist.

The AD & Biogas Industry Awards Black tie gala dinner and ceremony takes place in the evening following the first day of The World Biogas Expo.

The 2020 Awards ceremony and gala dinner will be held at the Vox, Birmingham, on the evening of Wednesday 1st July.

Click here for ticket details. 

The dress code is black tie, please dress to suit. 

The World Biogas Expo is an annual exhibition and conference showcasing the best and most innovative AD technology from around the world.  This includes water treatment, food waste, farm and small-scale plants as well as community and micro-scale AD plants, gas upgrading and biomethane vehicle technology.

The high-profile conference outlines the key drivers for the global AD industry and the sector’s potential to address some of the world’s biggest issues, such as energy security, climate change, food security, wastewater and sanitation.  The event also provides assessments of the largest growing AD markets and opportunities for delegates to network and do business with thousands of AD professionals from around the globe.

Click here for more information and to register.

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