Anaergia named a Global Water Awards finalist for net zero carbon champion and wastewater project of the year

Global resource recovery company Anaergia has been named a finalist in two categories of the 2023 Global Water Awards, the international water industry awards programme administered by publisher Global Water Intelligence. The company is a finalist for Net Zero Carbon Champion, and its project for the Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority (VVWRA) is a finalist for Wastewater Project of the Year.

The Global Water Awards recognised the environmental benefits of Anaergia’s projects that allow wastewater plants to co-digest food scraps and other organic waste with sludge, producing enough carbon-negative biomethane to completely eliminate a plant’s carbon footprint. The Net Zero Carbon Champion award is for companies whose products and services have done the most to reduce the carbon emissions of their customers in 2022. The programme also noted the company’s role as a complete lifecycle-solutions partner for wastewater facilities, offering project financing and operations. It also highlighted the growth of Anaergia’s portfolio of plants that are converting waste into carbon negative fuel globally. 

Among the projects Anaergia commissioned in 2022 is a finalist for Wastewater Project of the Year, a co-digestion and biogas upgrading facility operating at VVWRA wastewater treatment plant in California, US. The facility converts 235,000 tonnes a year of waste and sludge into 320,000Mmbtu of biomethane, and is said to be North America’s largest privately financed co-digestion-to-biomethane for pipeline injection at a wastewater treatment plant. By co-digesting off-site waste, the plant makes VVWRA a regional champion for waste reduction beyond its own wastewater responsibilities. The project was designed, built, operated, and financed by Anaergia through its subsidiary SoCal Biomethane in partnership with VVWRA and North Sky Capital. 

Andrew Benedek, Anaergia’s chairman and CEO said, “Anaergia has been helping cities, utilities and industries decarbonise by converting their waste into carbon-negative fuel and diverting organics from landfill disposal. Our facilities help reduce methane emissions at scale and make net zero possible around the globe every day.”

The Global Water Awards will be presented during the Global Water Summit in Berlin, Germany on 9 May 2023.