Canadian Anaerobic Digestion Guideline


The Canadian Biogas Association (CBA) is developing an industry-led, national Anaerobic Digestion (AD) Guideline document.  The AD Guideline provides recommended planning, design, and operational practices for AD facilities that process food and organic waste materials. The document aims to create a clear outline of best practices for biogas projects and assist developers and stakeholders with the regulatory process and remove barriers to support growth in the green economy.

The CBA identified the creation of an AD Guideline as a priority in 2018 to advance improvements in environmental approvals for AD projects.  The AD Guideline addresses a gap following a global jurisdictional scan that found over 20 AD Guidelines or supporting documents in Europe, Australia, and the US with no equivalent document for Canada.

AD Guideline Development

The CBA’s objectives in developing the AD Guideline are:

  • Create a clear outline of best practices for biogas projects;
  • Assist developers and stakeholders with the regulatory process and remove barriers to support growth in the green economy;
  • Inform proponents to minimize or prevent, using buffers or other control measures, the exposure of any person, property, plant or animal life to adverse effects associated with the operation of food and organic waste AD facilities.

The AD Guideline is written for industry by industry. The AD Guideline is developed to assist stakeholders in deployment of AD facilities. Stakeholders include developers, regulators, organizations with specific or general interest in AD facilities. The AD Guideline focuses on AD facilities that process food and organic waste, including agricultural feedstock.

Requesting Your Input

The CBA is currently obtaining feedback from a cross-section of the industry to enhance the AD Guideline. A summary of key topics was prepared to highlight the areas that the AD Guideline intends to address.  Let us know what elements should be addressed in the AD Guideline by completing the online feedback form by May 24, 2019.