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ADCS – AD Certification Scheme – Malaby Biogas (Bore Hill Farm) 1st English AD Plant Certified

It has been announced that ADCS Certification has been achieved for Malaby Biogas. Theirs is the first English AD Plant Certified under the ADBA, AD Certification Scheme (ADCS) and the company is understandably proud to publicize their achievement.

ADCS Certification means that Malaby Biogas has become a forerunner in the application of standards of AD plant operation which the AD industry considers to provide for good practice within their industry. The scheme was devised by ADBA members in order to raise the standards of their industry to those of the most advanced operators. Industry experts see the cost of participation in this scheme as paying for itself quite rapidly by avoiding expensive operational errors, and it is thought that an immediate benefit will come from reduced insurance costs for each AD plant certified.


Bore Hill Farm becomes first English AD plant certified under the Anaerobic Digestion Certification Scheme (ADCS) plant operation performance scheme

Wiltshire Anaerobic Digestion plant recycles inedible food waste into renewable energy and biofertiliser.

Bore Hill Farm Biodigester becomes the second UK plant certified under new AD Certification Scheme.

Plant owner Thomas Minter says of ADCS Certification;

“is testament to the hard work of staff and a great achievement”

AD certification (ADCS)Bore Hill Farm Biodigester has become the first English anaerobic digestion (AD) plant to be certified under the  AD Certification Scheme that recognises good operational, environmental, and safety.

The plant, based in Warminster in Wiltshire and run by Malaby Biogas, processes inedible food waste to create biofertiliser and renewable heat and power. It generates enough green electricity to power 2,500 houses.

The plant 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 scheme provides an independent audit process and report that helps operators to ensure they are meeting required standards, and identifies areas for improvement. The 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 and 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.

Thomas Minter, Director of Malaby Biogas, who run Bore Hill Farm, said:

“I am very proud of the work our staff have put in to enable us to achieve certification so smoothly. 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, said:

“Mr Minter and the team at Malaby Biogas 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. We are delighted to be able to issue certification to the ADCS to Malaby Biogas in recognition of the efforts they have put into ensuring their operations meet the high standards set by the scheme criteria. We are pleased that they have been able to realise the benefits available to AD operators in the UK through achieving certification to the ADCS.”

Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive of ADBA, said:

“We’re delighted to see the Bore Hill Farm Biodigester become the first English plant and the second in the UK to be certified under the ADCS, which is a vital scheme for making the UK AD industry a mature and thriving sector that delivers consistently excellent projects. 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.”

Malaby Biogas has also announced a new partnership with insurance brokers Jelf.

Thomas Minter said of the new partnership:

“Jelf have been actively supporting the AD industry to achieve improved insurance cover and the ADCS has been an important component in achieving recognition for excellence in plant operations.”

Carl Gurney, Renewable Energy Director at Jelf, said:

“It was fantastic to see Malaby Biogas achieve their ADCS certification. The plant is truly first-class and a credit to the hard work put in by Thomas Minter and his team. It was a pleasure to work with Thomas and insurers who have delivered on their promise of an excellent insurance policy and improved premiums. The signing of this new partnership with ADCS also demonstrates our continuing support for those working to sustain and strengthen the UK’s anaerobic digestion and biogas sector.”

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    • TheWomble
    • August 18, 2018

    Hi! Anyhow, I’m definitely happy I found this. Never thought of ADBA doing this, but obvious really.

  1. Reply

    Sounds good. Do they really know what they are doing though?

    • Blinker
    • August 19, 2018

    Did you see this? At We received reports of a gas explosion and collapse of a tanker just before 10.15am today (Wednesday 20 September 2017). The fire and ambulance services also attended.

    We don’t believe the incident is terrorism-related. Two men have been taken to hospital with serious injuries.

    Notts Police: September 2017:

    “We received reports of a gas explosion and collapse of a tanker just before 10.15am today (Wednesday 20 September 2017). The fire and ambulance services also attended.

    We don’t believe the incident is terrorism-related. Two men have been taken to hospital with serious injuries.”

    Take care guys, because biogas can be dangerous.

    • Rauf van de Voort
    • September 10, 2018

    Invest in your staff. Apply the highest standards. It’s the only way. With the EA raising the standards of their requirements, regulation in the industry is only going to get tougher.

    • Lyall
    • October 1, 2018

    Wow, this is all good. Things are getting better than in my day. My sister was always good anaⅼyzing the kinds of things needed to do things right (and safely), but otherwise in our day you did what you thought was best. Nowadays I would go for certification. it is the future.

    • OmaS
    • October 4, 2018

    Transparency, benchmarking, quality control. It’s the way to go, and the benefits to business are undoubted. Good to see it happening in the AD industry.

  2. I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was good.

    The industry in RSA is younger and smaller, but maybe one day our own body to set and raise standards with a scheme like this.

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