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Applications open for global anaerobic digestion industry awards

The organisers of UK AD & World Biogas Expo 2019 and the World Biogas Summit 2019, two-located biogas industry events that will take play July 3-4, 2019, in Birmingham, have announced that applications are now open for the AD & Biogas Industry Awards 2019. The awards, which include prizes across 14 categories, will be presented at a black-tie ceremony featuring a three-course dinner, a renowned host, after-dinner entertainment, and an opportunity for attendees to network with peers.

Winners at the 2018 AD & Biogas Industry Awards (photo courtesy Tom Horton).

Winners at the 2018 AD & Biogas Industry Awards. The 2019 applications is open to April 26 (photo courtesy Tom Horton).

Anaerobic digestion (AD) and biogas technologies convert organic wastes and crops into renewable heat and power, clean transport fuel, and nutrient-rich natural fertiliser. AD has been recognised globally as a key technology for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, restoring soils, improving sanitation, and improving air quality worldwide.

The ceremony, now in its eighth year, will take place on the first night of UK AD & World Biogas Expo 2019 and the World Biogas Summit 2019, two co-located events that will bring together industry, policymakers, politicians, academics, and AD operators from the UK and across the globe to discuss the most pressing topics and showcase the most innovative products and services in the AD and biogas industry.

All three events are being co-organised by the UK’s Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA) and the World Biogas Association (WBA).

This year’s award categories include a range of new prizes for Clever Use of Outputs, Best Food Waste Collection System, Most Improved Plant, Best Microdigester, Best Biogas Plant equal to or above/below 1MW electrical-equivalent respectively, Best Biogas Marketing Campaign, and Most Circular City. Applicants from both the UK and abroad can apply to all categories.

The judging panel for the awards includes experts from both the UK and abroad with expertise in a wide range of sectors related to AD and biogas. The deadline for applications to the awards is April 26, 2019.

These awards are the highlight of the global AD and biogas industry event calendar and offer a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the companies that are really making strides in best practice in this sector across the globe. The will give those working in biogas in every country in the world the chance to learn from each other and work together to promote this great technology, which has such a vital role to play in tackling climate change and meeting the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, said David Newman, President, World Biogas Association (WBA).

The full awards categories for the 2019 ceremony are:

  1. Clever Use of Outputs (NEW)
  2. Best Food Waste Collection System (NEW)
  3. Best R&D Innovation Award
  4. AD Hero of the Year
  5. AD Rising Star
  6. Best AD/Biogas Support
  7. Most Improved Plant (NEW)
  8. Best Export
  9. International Knowledge Exchange & Collaboration
  10. Best Microdigester (NEW)
  11. Best Biogas Plant equal to or below 1MWe-equivalent (NEW)
  12. Best Biogas Plant equal to or above 1MWe-equivalent  (NEW)
  13. Best Biogas Marketing Campaign (NEW)
  14. Most Circular City (NEW)

ADBA Chief Executive Charlotte Morton said the AD & Biogas Industry Awards Ceremony will celebrate those who are making an “exceptional contribution” to the AD and biogas industry, both in the UK and globally.

The fourteen award categories are designed to showcase achievement and innovation and recognise excellence in each sector of the industry. With recent positive announcements from government on rollout of universal food waste collections in England and support for the injection of more green gas into the gas grid, the outlook for the UK AD industry is extremely bright – and this ceremony will be the perfect place to celebrate these achievements and look forward to an exciting future, Morton said.

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