About the Hub

REAL's Research Hub

Renewable Energy Assurance Ltd (REAL) carries out a range of consumer protection and certification activities, which promote sustainable energy and circular economy principles. 

REAL’s Certification Schemes encourage and support the use of waste-derived products and ensure that a range of Organics Recycling sector participants comply with the relevant quality Standards and end of waste criteria. REAL is the owner and administrator of the Compost Certification Scheme (CCS) and Biofertiliser Certification Scheme (BCS).  

The CCS and BCS provide assurance to consumers, farmers, food producers and retailers that compost produced from composting processes and biofertiliser produced from anaerobic digestion (AD) processes are safe for human, animal and plant health. As of May 2020, there were 178 certified processes under the CCS and 88 certified plants under the BCS.

The Research Hub is a tool to source funding from the composting and AD industries in order to develop the technical and regulatory aspects of certified compost and digestate production, testing and usage, and to maintain market acceptability. 

The Research Hub's 'How It Works' paper, which details the operation of the Hub and its objectives, can be found here.