Shortlist announced for global green gas awards

UKAD&BIOGAS 2017 NEC Birmingham 05.07.17 ©Steve Pope - Fotowales

* Ceremony will recognise best of the best in green gas in UK and abroad
* Winners to be announced at black-tie ceremony on 11th July in Birmingham
* Awards ceremony falls on first night of global green gas expo

The UK and global green gas industry has announced its shortlist of nominees for the AD & Biogas Industry Awards Ceremony 2018, taking place on the 11th July in Birmingham, UK.

Biogas (or ‘green gas’) is produced through anaerobic digestion (AD), a natural process that coverts organic wastes and purpose-grown crops into renewable heat and power, clean transport fuel, and nutrient-rich digestate biofertiliser.

The growing global green gas industry has the potential to be worth as much as £1 trillion and is making a key contribution to achieving nine of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals through delivering benefits such as greenhouse gas emissions reduction, waste management, improved air quality, and restoring degraded soils.

The awards shortlist includes green gas projects from Sweden, the Netherlands, Belgium, India, and Hong Kong, as well as entries from across the UK. This year’s ceremony will see the presentation of 16 different awards, including awards for ‘AD Rising Star’, ‘AD Hero of the Year’, and ‘AD Team of the Year’.

The black-tie awards ceremony will be hosted by Charlotte Smith, presenter of Radio 4’s ‘Farming Today’, and will take place on the first night of UK AD & World Biogas Expo 2018, the world’s largest dedicated global biogas expo, which takes place on the 11th-12th July at the NEC in Birmingham.

The expo and awards ceremony are being jointly organised by the UK Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA) and the World Biogas Association (WBA).

Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive of ADBA, said:
“The strength of the shortlisted projects for this year’s AD & Biogas Industry Awards is testament to the innovation and ingenuity of the green gas industry, which offers so much in terms of climate change mitigation, food and energy security, support for rural communities, and improvements to air quality. I’m looking forward to celebrating the best of the best in biogas at the awards ceremony, which will be the perfect accompaniment to UK AD & World Biogas Expo 2018.”

David Newman, President of the WBA, said:
“It’s great to see such inspiring examples of biogas use from around the world in this year’s awards shortlist. The AD & Biogas Industry Awards Ceremony 2018 will recognise those who make an exceptional contribution to the growth of biogas globally, and I can’t wait to see who walks away with the international prizes this year – it promises to be a close-fought contest!” 

Dr Jonathan Scurlock, Chief Adviser for Renewable Energy & Climate Change at the National Farmers’ Union and member of the AD & Biogas Industry Awards 2018 Judging Panel, said:
“The NFU is delighted to be involved again in this year’s AD & Biogas Industry Awards, which demonstrate the progress and commitment of this important renewable energy business sector to decarbonising Britain and adding value to both agriculture and waste management – and signposts the way to a totally net-zero carbon economy in the future.”

Dr David Tompkins, Head of Knowledge Exchange & Innovation at environmental consultancy Aqua Enviro and member of the AD & Biogas Industry Awards 2018 Judging Panel, said:
“It’s great to see a wide variety of entrants from across a diverse industry, highlighting individual and collective good practice as well as innovations that will allow AD and digestate to make the fullest possible contribution to a sustainable bioeoconomy.”