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Press Release: First Research Library for the organics recycling industry is live and open for users

Posted: 22 April, 2021. Written by Olivia Furssedonn

  • NNFCC, the leading bioeconomy consultants, were contracted to put together the online Library
  • Library brings together research across the composting and anaerobic digestion sectors
  • Library also highlights research gaps that need filling with future research
  • Research Hub funded by Compost Certification Scheme (CCS) and Biofertiliser Certification Scheme (BCS) operators
  • Scheme operators granted priority access to Library
  • Wider industry stakeholders can request access

Renewable Energy Assurance Ltd (REAL) is pleased to announce the completion of the first project funded by the Research Hub. The Research Library is an online platform compiled of research undertaken across the composting and anaerobic digestion industries. The Library focusses particularly on the past decade and on research that is of relevance to the UK.

The proposal to set up a Research Library was submitted in 2019. Since then, REAL has been working closely with NNFCC, leading bioeconomy consultants, in partnership with Vital, to bring it to fruition.

The Library brings together research that has been carried out across the industries and highlights notable research gaps. The Library will advance industry knowledge, inform areas of focus for future research project proposals, and in turn drive the industry forwards.

CCS and BCS Scheme Participants, who fund the Research Hub, have been granted priority access to the Research Library. Wider industry stakeholders may request access to the Library. Access is granted on a case-by-case basis and can be requested here:

Michael Chesshire, Director at Lutra Ltd and Chair of the Research Hub Governance Committee, said: “Congratulations to the Research Hub on delivering the first research project. This is a very important initiative for REAL, and I look forward to many more projects being completed for the benefit of the industry.

Lucy Hopwood, Company Director and Lead Consultant at NNFCC, said: “We were delighted to be selected to work with REAL on such a key and influential project for the organics recycling industry. In such a dynamic sector, the Research Library will be extremely valuable in informing the focus of future research.”

Tom Brown, BCS Operator Representative, said: "We are pleased that the new Organics Recycling Research Library is up and running, which is easy to use, and which we have already made use of. The Library will be invaluable when we need to review scientific papers as well as strategy reports and policy documents for our industry."


For more information, please contact:

Olivia Furssedonn

Research Hub Manager

Notes to Editors:

  • REAL

Renewable Energy Assurance Limited carries out a range of certification and consumer protection activities all of which promote sustainable energy. Renewable Energy Assurance Limited’s activities fall under two headings: consumer codes and certification schemes. REAL is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Association of Renewable Energy & Clean Technology.

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  • BCS

The Biofertiliser Certification Scheme (BCS) provides assurance to consumers, farmers, food producers and retailers that digestate produced from anaerobic digestion is safe for human, animal, and plant health. Biofertiliser is the name adopted for the digestate that is certified under the BCS for end-of-waste and quality assured status or quality assured status.

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  • CCS

The Compost Certification Scheme (CCS) provides assurance to consumers, farmers, food producers and retailers that quality compost produced from composting processes is safe for human, animal, and plant health. The Compost Certification Scheme is the only independent scheme in the UK aligned and providing a framework for independent assessment and certification of compost to ‘PAS 100 only’ and to PAS 100 and the Compost Quality Protocol.

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  • Research Hub

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.

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NNFCC Ltd is a specialist bioeconomy consultancy based in York, the UK.  Established by the UK government in 2003 as the National Non-Food Crops Centre, NNFCC has grown to become a leading independent consultancy focused on understanding biorenewable markets and technologies.

They provide global clients with a holistic view of feedstock, technology, policy, and market development across the bioeconomy, enabling informed business decisions and sustainable business strategies. NNFCC also provides technical, market and policy expertise on the conversion of biomass and waste to bioenergy, biofuels, and biobased products to the UK government.

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