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Devon AD facility becomes third in UK to receive ADCS certification

Andigestion’s anaerobic digestion (AD) facility in Devon, UK has become the third in the UK to be recognised 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 facility in Holsworthy, Devon, recycles up to 76,000 tonnes of the South West’s household and commercial food waste each year and through its AD process produces 70 megawatt-hours of clean and green electricity per day – enough to power 6,000 homes.

The ADCS scheme, managed by the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA), provides an independent audit process and report that helps operators to ensure they are meeting required standards and identify areas for improvement.

Tom Brown, compliance officer, said: “We’ve always been ahead of the curve in terms of innovation and processes, and the main driver for applying for ADBA certification is our wish to maintain continual improvement.

“Certification goes some way to demonstrating that we are on top of things while the compliance system ensures that any changes to the way we operate are made the right way.”

“Naturally, we’re delighted to be one of just three plants in the whole of the UK to be awarded this certification,” added Mike Lowe, operations director at Andigestion. “I am extremely proud of our on-site compliance team and all the members of staff whose high standards of management and professionalism enable us to deliver safe and sustainable practices each and every day.”

Sam Hinton, technical support manager at ADBA, commented: “We congratulate Andigestion for achieving the ADCS certification, which demonstrates their commitment to operational excellence. They will reap obvious benefits from the recognition – not only improved performance and productivity, while adhering to high environmental, health and safety standards but also confidence from their employees, customers, regulators, insurance companies and neighbours.

“We’re also delighted that, as the first plant to achieve ADCS certification in 2020, they lead the way in showing other operators how to conduct business during these uncertain times.”

 




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