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Are you getting the most out of your ADBA membership? part 1 of 2

This letter is addressed to AD plant operators, developers, financiers and banks.

 

Here at ADBA – the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association – we’ll be checking-in with you over the coming weeks to ensure you are getting the most out of your membership with us. To start off, the purpose of today’s letter is to remind you how we can support the maintenance and growth of your business.

 

Our mission is to support the development of a safe, high-performing AD industry. Operating an AD plant is a complex job with many moving parts. From biology to engineering to regulations and compliance, there is a lot to think about. That’s why a little support often goes a long way.

 

Expert advice

ADBA’s staff work year-round to give you 1-to-1 support. Our team advises members on legislation, regulation, investment, business development, technology, Brexit, Covid-19 and other pressing issues. Contact Tasneem Mayet, Senior Policy Manager, at tasneem.mayet@adbioresources.org and +44 (0) 203 960 0777. As part of our mission to improve the performance of the AD industry, we have a dedicated technical support manager for AD operators. Josh Henthorne has hands-on experience of running AD operations across a variety of technologies and plant designs and holds relevant qualifications across the processes. He speaks daily to operators and farmers to connect them with other businesses, regulators and our certification scheme (see below). With the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions, we will resume site visits. Contact Josh any time at josh.henthorne@adbioresources.org and +44 (0) 020 3176 5416.

 

Education

Our training programme is unparalleled and has been gaining popularity year-on-year. Topics include: digestate, plant optimisation, health and safety, feedstock, clamping and more. And as Covid-19 restrictions ease, we will host in-person regional meetings for local AD operators to discuss challenges and solutions, meet regulators and suppliers and go on in-person site tours. For our operator members, we publish the Practical Guide to AD , Operational Guidance Notes , Due Diligence checklists and more. We partner with universities and promote R&D funding.

 

Certification

ADBA instils industry best practice through our AD Certification Scheme . ADCS is this is the only certification scheme in the UK that assesses the all-round safety, environmental and operational performance of AD plants. It is designed to identify urgent risks as well as to support operators to improve their plant’s performance over time.

 

Government lobbying

We campaign to ministers, regulators, local authorities and other government officials. Examples of our causes include: subsidies, industry support schemes, CHP, co-digestion and more. We produce policy reports for our members and lawmakers.

 

Working groups

Collaboration is key. That is why we facilitate “Working Groups” on topics such as digestate, feedstock management, Research & Innovation, safety, agriculture, food waste and more. The purpose is to shed light on technological, policy and regulatory developments to overcome barriers to industry growth.

 

Industry events

Our events calendar is packed with our national conferences, an international expo, an awards ceremony, members-only meetings, breakfasts and luncheons (Covid-19 permitting), information sessions, online networking and product showcases. Coming up, we will host a series of events on Policy Briefings (for example on biomethane and hydrogen) and on technical guidance (such as pumps, macerators and CHP). Members get free admission, discounted rates, exclusive downloads and other perks.

 

Network of contacts

Marsh Commercial is ADBA’s insurance and risk management partner. By partnering with other associations, for example the National Farmers’ Union, we integrate AD in other sectors. We also liaise with local authorities. We recently launched an online platform for tenders, job vacancies and announcements . The AD community’s solidarity is further strengthened through our online industry directory and our ‘matchmaking’ amongst developers, operators, service providers, technology providers, product suppliers and feedstock suppliers .

 

Market intelligence

Being the AD industry’s solely-dedicated association gives us the best vantage-point to conduct research and draw out analysis. Check out our reports , website and e-newsletters. We cover trends, forecasts, benchmarks , supply and demand, energy prices, incentives, tariffs, emerging technologies, digestate analysis and more. We have a comprehensive map and database for you to get details on other AD plants in operation or in planning and for you to find companies that build and operate plants.

 

Raising profile and brand awareness

ADBA also provides media relations support, advertising and sponsorship opportunities , sociasocial media l media , our own industry magazine , technology compatibility studies and case studies.

 

ADBA represents and serves 300 organisations, spanning AD operators, equipment suppliers, finance specialists, farmers, academics, waste management companies, gas distribution networks and other businesses and specialisms. The success of the AD industry depends on the success of the site operators. So the industry has been, and will continue to be, built on the strong performance of sites, and we’re with you every step of the way. We help our members cut costs and succeed.

 

Find out more by visiting ADBA’s website: www.adbioresources.org and keep up to date via our weekly members e-newsletter. Let me know if you need a hand logging in or subscribing. We also pair every member with their very own account manager so you can reap the benefits of your membership. Call, e-mail or meet us – with any question… any time!

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