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Canadian Anaerobic Digestion Guideline now available

March 3, 2020  by Manure Manager

The Canadian Biogas Association (CBA) has developed an industry-led, national Anaerobic Digestion (AD) Guideline document. The document aims to establish recommended planning, design and operational practices for AD facilities processing food and organic waste materials by clearly outlining the best practices for biogas projects. Supporting green economic growth by removing barriers and assisting developers and stakeholders with regulatory processes are important goals, according to the CBA, as are safe use and preventative measures in operating an AD facility.

This AD Guideline is the first of its kind in Canada, as a global scan found over 20 AD Guidelines or supporting documents in Europe, Australia and the U.S., but no equivalent document for Canada. On discovering this, the CBA set about drafting a Canadian AD document with input from government departments, industry organizations, and members representing agriculture, municipal and private interests.

The draft was shared with CBA members, biogas industry colleagues, and key stakeholders in several regions across Canada in early 2019, with tremendously positive feedback. Created by industry for industry, the AD Guideline offers technical guidance to support continued development of biogas projects in Canada with actionable information on the deployment of AD facilities.

If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the Canadian AD Guideline, please contact the Canadian Biogas Association at


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