Announcing the shortlist for the anaerobic digestion (AD) and biogas industry’s fourth annual awards, ADBA Chief Executive Charlotte Morton said:
An exceptional pace of innovation and entrepreneurship has enabled the industry to flourish through 622 per cent growth over the past five years, and helped scale the industry up to the point where it is now delivering enough renewable energy to replace the Wyfla nuclear plant which is about to be decommissioned.
Each year we acknowledge the greatest industry contributors – whether through pioneering innovation, operational excellence or proactive community engagement – from a range of different sectors; including farming, food & drink, utilities and waste management.
Awards will be presented to winning organisations across all sectors of the AD industry, which have successfully demonstrated their prowess and achievements over the past 12 months, on the evening of 1 July following the first day of UK AD & Biogas 2015, the only dedicated annual industry exhibition and conference at NEC Birmingham.
This year’s event boasts a number of exciting new awards categories including: innovation in community and commercial food waste collection; best engineering team; best maintenance team; and best installation/commissioning team.
Event host and BBC Radio 4 Farming Today Presenter, Charlotte Smith, commented:
It’s always important to acknowledge those who have contributed the most to an industry’s continued growth and innovation. I’m therefore delighted to host the UK AD & Biogas Industry Awards and to join both award winners and runners-up alike in celebrating their achievements.
Jonathan Scurlock, Chief Adviser on Renewable Energy & Climate Change at National Farmers' Union and UK AD & Biogas Industry Awards 2015 judge, also emphasised the importance of the awards:
The purpose of the UK AD & Biogas Industry Awards is to highlight best practice and to give visibility to a range of participants in the AD supply chain.
Fellow judge, Nigel Horan, Council Member and Secretary, SORP and Director, Aqua Enviro Ltd, added:
In a rapidly expanding industry the UK AD & Biogas Industry Awards offer the opportunity to highlight those companies who have demonstrated excellence and innovation across all aspects of the AD Process.
The shortlist, which features some of the top industry names, is a fine example of the growth and diversity of anaerobic digestion in the UK:
Last year’s event sponsor, Agraferm’s Reynier Funke, described the UK AD & Biogas Industry Awards as a:
Well organised and splendid evening where those AD projects which stand-out get the attention they deserve.
Nijhuis-H2OK’s Associate Director, Brian Scheffe, added following their success in the ‘Innovation in process efficiency/optimisation’ award:
We are very pleased to have received the award and inform the market place about the benefits of combined effluent treatment and organic solids digestion.
Event sponsor and winner of last year’s ‘best merchant waste AD project’, Edina, also added during an interview with Group Marketing Executive, Sarah Farr:
As a founder member of ADBA, we’ve seen first-hand the rise of both the Association and the UK AD industry. To be recognised by our peers – all experts in their fields – is especially rewarding.