East London Biogas Limited has announced that it has achieved PAS 110 certification at its anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in Dagenham, East London, London’s first commercial-scale anaerobic digestion and composting facility which was formally opened by former Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills, the Rt. Hon Vince Cable MP in April 2014.
PAS 110 specification was first published in 2010 and was updated in July 2014 to include changes to limits on physical contaminants, provides assurances to companies using the digestate as a biofertiliser or soil improver that the material is of a consistent quality and fit for the purpose.
The digestate from the Dagenham plant is extensively used by the agricultural community predominantly in Essex, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, and this certification gives farmers and other customers further assurance that the digestate is environmentally friendly, beneficial to crop growth and of a consistently high quality.
Nigel Aitchison, Partner and Head of Environmental at Foresight said: "The plant, which has been financed by funds managed by Foresight Group, has been operational now for over 12 months and this is a significant milestone in its development. We are delighted that the plant has achieved this certification which is a credit not only to the operational staff, but also to the technical support and now means we can target more value-added uses for the material”
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Notes to Editors
Foresight Group has been managing investment funds on behalf of institutions and retail clients for 30 years. With a background in Private Equity and Venture Capital, Foresight has diversified activities and today manages institutional funds principally in European Infrastructure (Solar and PPP), Environmental and UK small cap Private Equity, including six years of specific Infrastructure experience.
Foresight has in excess of £1.4bn assets under management and boasts one of the UK’s leading Environmental infrastructure investment teams. It is responsible for managing approximately £250m of environmental assets which include the £78m UKWREI Fund which has now reached full deployment and the recently announced £50m Recycling and Waste (RAW)] mandates which will target waste and recycling projects up to £30m in size. Both funds are cornerstoned by the UK Government’s Green Investment Bank for UK environmental infrastructure. Foresight also manages the £60m Foresight Environmental Fund (FEF).
Foresight was recently named Financier of the Year and Company of the Year in the 2015 New Energy and Cleantech Awards.
Foresight has offices in London, Nottingham, Guernsey, SanFrancisco and Rome.
About Foresight Environmental Fund ("FEF”)
Foresight Environmental Fund is a £60 million fund, which is in part overseen by the London Green Fund and part financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Programme 2007 to 2013 and the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB), alongside other private sector institutional and private investors, and which invests in recycling and renewable energy projects in the Greater London area.
The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme, which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs. For more information visit www.gov.uk/browse/business/funding-debt/european-regional-development-funding.
FEF has an environmental, social and economic mandate: to divert waste from landfill and reduce CO2 emissions; to create jobs; to stimulate growth and technology in the sector whilst generating commercial returns for its investors.