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The 2022 AD and Biogas Industry Awards, organised by the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) and the World Biogas Association (WBA), reached their climax on Wednesday night with the Awards Ceremony celebrating the winners and highly commended entries of this year’s competition.

Held since 2010 to recognise excellence and innovation in the UK and global biogas sector, the Awards have reflected the rapid growth of the industry on a global scale, as well as its diversification, with an increasing number of entries from around the world and the launch, this year, of the Women in Biogas category.  The latter proved exceptionally popular with three joint winners out of a shortlist of 37 – the judges having decided that the quality of all the entrants justified giving them all a chance to win.  Another milestone this year was the Award handed out to former WBA President, David Newman, for his lifetime achievements.

Chris Huhne, Chairman of ADBA, commented: “Congratulations to all our winners, highly commended and all finalists to this year’s competition.  These Awards demonstrate the excitement that is running through the green gas industry as a result of the opportunities that are opening up. Not only does biogas have a key role to play in combating climate change, but it is also essential to our energy security in the face of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Charlotte Morton, WBA Chief Executive, added:  “Our industry can deliver 50% of the Global Methane Pledge targets signed up by over 100 countries after COP26. 

Realising that potential will require a massive growth of the sector and the commitment of all its players. To achieve this we will have to be at our best, and we will. Our industry’s global footprint is growing and so is its diversity, as exemplified by the calibre of the 37 shortlisted women for the Women in Biogas award. The evidence is clear that a more diverse workforce delivers significantly greater performance.

The Awards are there to celebrate those who are demonstrating that excellent performance – not least our former president, David Newman, whose dedication, leadership and influence over the years have helped place biogas at the heart of the international agenda on climate change and environmental sustainability.  We were thrilled to present him with the Lifetime Achievement Award, and thrilled to host another superb cohort of Awards entrants.

Congratulations to our winners and highly commended recipients, and a big thank you to all our finalists for their commitment to our industry.  Keep up the very good work and we hope to see you again next year.”

Full winners and highly commended list:

The Health and Safety Award – Sponsored by SGN Commercial Services
Winner: Energen Biogas/ Bio Capital Group 
Highly Commended: Shropshire Energy UK Ltd 

Women in Biogas – Sponsored by Air Liquide
Winners: 
– Lucy Lewis, Marches Biogas 
– Dr Fatima Zahra Beraich , BIODOME.SARL
– Christine McKiernan, Bioenergy Devco

AD Hero of the Year – Sponsored by Future Biogas
Winner: Fatima Zahra Beraich, BIODOME.SARL 
Highly Commended: Sophie Randall, Waste4Generation Ltd 

AD Rising Star – Sponsored by Esmil
Winner: Timothy Hamill, Bio Capital Group 
Highly Commended: Charlotte Catt, BioteCH4

Best Anaerobic Digestion/Biogas Support – Sponsored by Blended
Winner: PRODEVAL: Between Services and Innovation 
Highly Commended:
– DiBiCoo, Biogas and Gasification Matchmaking Platform
– Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation Brazil: Biogas Training Track offered by the GEF Biogas Brazil Program, CIBiogás, UNIDO & MCTI 

AD Circular Solutions 
Winner: McCulla Ireland: Sustainable Transport Circular Solution 
Highly Commended: 
– Project Biogas Ladyzhyn of MHP (Ukraine) 12 MWe 
– The Bennamann Biocycle 

The Net Zero Award – Sponsored by ECO2
Winner: Severn Trent Green Power 

AD Pacesetter: Micro AD
Winners: 
– Cold & High AD, Washington State University
– HomeBiogas 
Highly Commended: BioNomad, EcoNomad Solutions Ltd 

AD Pacesetter: Below 1Mwe
Winner: Liholmen, Norway: The World’s Northernmost AD Plant

AD Pacesetter: Above 1Mwe
Winner: Recovery of Plastics From Depackaging Process, Swancote Energy Ltd 

Lifetime Achievement Award
David Newman

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