Bore Hill Farm Biodigester has become the first English anaerobic digestion (AD) plant to be certified under a new certification scheme that recognises good operational, environmental, and health and safety performance at UK AD plants.
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Bore Hill Farm anaerobic digestion (AD) plant, based in Warminster in Wiltshire and run by Malaby Biogas, has been certified under the Anaerobic Digestion Certification Scheme (ADCS), an industry-led initiative designed to raise standards and recognise good practice in the running of AD plants. The plant processes inedible food waste to create biofertiliser and renewable heat and power and generates enough green electricity to power 2,500 houses.
The ADCS scheme provides an independent audit process and report that help operators to ensure they are meeting required standards and identify areas for improvement. ADCS has been developed in collaboration with a range of industry stakeholders including regulators, insurers, investors, and operators, and is managed by the Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA), the UK’s trade body for AD.
Bore Hill Farm becomes the second UK plant to be certified under the scheme following the certification of Granville EcoPark in Northern Ireland earlier this year.
“I am very proud of the work our staff have put in to enable us to achieve certification so smoothly” said Thomas Minter, Director of Malaby Biogas. “It is a testament to the management systems we have developed, the innovations and optimisations on site and everyone’s professionalism that have allowed us to take a leading position in this new scheme. Seeing regulators and insurers so actively involved in the development of the ADCS has been encouraging and now we have the basis for them to help in supporting and promoting the scheme across the industry. This is a milestone we are proud of.”
Nick Johnn, Director at Aardvark Certification Limited, the ADCS’s official certification body, added that Minter and his team provide a great example of the high standards which can be achieved within the AD sector, from design and construction of a good AD plant through to operational practices which minimise health-and-safety and environmental risks.
Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive of ADBA, said that ADCS is a vital scheme for making the UK AD industry a mature and thriving sector that delivers consistently excellent projects and that ADBA will continue to speak to AD operators about the many benefits of the ADCS both for operators themselves and for the wider industry, including increased support from politicians, regulators, insurers, and investors.