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:

  • Webinar Series on Carbon Accounting for Compost and Digestate

    The Research Hub, in partnership with AECOM, are excited to announce a two-part webinar series on Carbon Accounting for Compost and Digestate Producers, coming this November! The webinars are free for Compost Certification Scheme (CCS) and Biofertiliser Certification Scheme (BCS) participants. To register your interest and for webinar joining details, please email megan@realschemes.org.uk...

    Posted: 23 October, 2023

  • REAL Appoints Contractor for Project on ‘Carbon accounting for Compost and Digestate’

    The REAL Research Hub is pleased to announce that AECOM has been awarded the contract to deliver the project entitled How the benefits of applying compost and digestate to soils can be accounted for under the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol.AECOM was awarded the contract following a competitive tender process and commenced work on the project in June. The project is expected to be completed in Autumn 2023...

    Posted: 5 July, 2023