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ADBA congratulates BioCapital on AD Certification Scheme triple success

ADBA congratulates BioCapital on AD Certification Scheme triple success

The Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) has congratulated BioCapital for achieving AD Certification Scheme (ADCS) accreditation for three of its plants over the past few weeks.

ADCS, launched by ADBA in 2017, is the only certification scheme in the UK that assesses the all-round safety, environmental and operational performance of anaerobic digestion (AD) plants. ADCS accreditation is a “mark of efficiency, best practice and professionalism in Anaerobic Digestion Operation”.

The three sites owned by BioCapital which recently received accreditation are:

Barkip Biogas in North Ayrshire, Scotland
Energen Biogas in North Lanarkshire, Scotland
Warrens Emerald Biogas in County Durham, England

BioCapital were the first AD company in the UK to achieve ADCS at its Granville Eco Park plant in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, in 2018.

The ADCS scheme is a key element of ADBA’s Best Practice Programme, to improve standards in the industry. Developed by ADBA and industry stakeholders, it aims to ensure the delivery of “consistently high quality, compliant and profitable projects that protect employees and respect and support their local community and environment”.

It’s great to see BioCapital’s commitment to achieving accreditation across their portfolio of AD assets”, commented Josh Henthorne, ADBA’s Technical Support Manager. “They used the scheme’s GAP analysis to first assess the level of compliance, safety and operating standards applied on each site before moving on to seeking full accreditation. This demonstrates the real added value of ADCS for operating staff and funders and this triple accreditation reflects the commitment of the BioCapital team to achieving the best standards.


For further information, contact:
Josh Henthorne, ADBA Technical Support Manager

Notes to editors

  • The Anaerobic Digestion Certification Scheme (ADCS) is an industry-led Best Practice scheme that was designed by key stakeholders in the UK biogas sector, such as regulators, insurers, funders, the Chartered Institute of Waste Management (CIWM) and the National Farmers’ Union (NFU). The purpose of the scheme is to define and promote the minimum standards for the construction and operational excellence of AD plants. Through its best practice criteria and mechanism for undergoing independent auditing, the scheme’s primary aim is to ensure that sites are operated at the minimum standards required to minimise risks and protect staff and other stakeholders.
  •  The ADCS criteria cover nine distinct sections of AD plant management, with a guidance document setting out what the site should be doing and the evidence an operator can prepare to demonstrate to an auditor that they meet each criterion. As well as looking for specific evidence against each of the individual criterion, the auditors look for evidence of real, documented examples of how the operator is complying with the requirements of the scheme.
  • The ADCS is a voluntary accreditation scheme launched by ADBA in December 2017 to support operators in achieving best practice and to recognise those who demonstrate operational excellence and compliance.
  • The Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) is the trade association for the UK anaerobic digestion (AD) and biogas industry. ADBA’s vision is to see the full potential of the UK AD industry realised by 2030 so that it can help the UK achieve its emissions targets and other policy goals, creating a truly circular economy.


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