The AD Certification Scheme (ADCS) is an industry-led initiative which aims to support the AD industry in the UK to improve operational, environmental and health & safety performance. Through discussions with the industry, it became clear that there is a large amount of existing regulation, guidance and standards that can help operators deliver a high-performing plant. However, there is often a lack of awareness of how to use these tools and exactly what constitutes good practice, so it was decided to develop the scheme to better define operational excellence in our sector and provide a mechanism whereby operators can undergo an independent audit and certification process.
The Scheme is part of ADBA’s wider Best Practice Programme, which also provides: checklist guides on key topics (free to anyone in the industry), other resources and guidance, and training on key topics.
Any operator of an anaerobic digestion (AD) plant is eligible to apply for their plant to be certified to the ADCS, regardless of size, with the exception of those in the sewage treatment sector. Scheme eligibility is explained further in the Scheme Rules document.
Find out why you should join the scheme and how it will benefit you, here.