Who We Are

The Research Hub works alongside the REAL Compost Certification Scheme (CCS) and Biofertiliser Certification Scheme (BCS). CCS and BCS certify compost and digestate to a set of independent quality Standards (PAS 100 and PAS 110). CCS-certified compost and BCS-certified digestate is considered to have achieved end-of-waste and quality assured status.

REAL established the Research Hub to provide research support for technical and regulatory developments related to the production, testing, and use of certified compost and digestate.

What We Do

The Research Hub funds research to support the following objectives:

  • Maintain and improve the robustness of the Schemes (CCS and BCS) and related Standards (PAS 110 and PAS 100)
  • Reinforce confidence in the compost and anaerobic digestion markets
  • Contribute to the development of new markets, including identifying barriers

How It Works

The Research Hub sources research ideas via an open Call for Proposals at the start of each year. CCS and BCS participants are invited to feedback on proposals.

Proposals are then evaluated by an appointed ‘Research Panel’ of organics sector professionals, considering industry feedback.

Selected projects are funded through an annual Research Fee paid by CCS and BCS participants. REAL appoints a contractor to deliver each project. 

Latest News:

  • 2024 Research proposal survey & webinar

    The Research Hub supports the organics sector by producing resources that are freely accessible to Scheme participants. This year, we received eight research proposals, a limited number of which can be funded.We want our work to be of use to industry--that's why we want to hear from you! Research Proposal Survey To ensure your views are represented in decision-making about which projects are funded, we encourage you to complete the 2024 Research Proposal Survey (here) by Friday 17th May.To learn more about the proposals, you can read them in full here or brief summaries here...

    Posted: 30 April, 2024

  • Report Published on Carbon Accounting Project

    We are pleased to announce the publication of the Research Hub report entitled 'Developing a carbon accounting methodology for compost and digestate under the Greenhouse Gas Protocol.'The report is the outcome of a project which aimed to demonstrate to compost and digestate producers the value of engaging in carbon accounting and provide guidance on how to do so, using the Greenhouse Gas Protocol as a framework.A summary of the project scope, methods, and key takeaways from the report is available here.To request a copy of the full report, please email megan@realschemes.org.uk...

    Posted: 16 April, 2024