Martin Eves resigns as Chairman & Cré Board elects Tony Breton as new Chairman

Martin Eves Resigns as Chairman & Cré Board elects Tony Breton as new Chairman

After 12 years of dedicated service, Martin Eves steps down as Chairman whilst remaining on the Board.
Today (16/12/21) the Board of Directors of Cré – the Composting and Anaerobic Digestion Association of Ireland, announced the appointment of Tony Breton as its new chairman. Tony joined the Board in 2017 and replaces Martin Eves who has served as Chairman since 2009 and is remaining on the Board.
“It has been a great honour to have served as Chairman of the Cré Board of Directors,” said Martin. “I am incredibly proud of our accomplishments over the past 12 years. We have helped drive the increasingly widespread separate collection of food wastes from households and businesses across Ireland. As a Board and as an Association, we have overcome many challenges in our goal to deliver a policy environment where our members can flourish. I would like to personally thank our CEO Percy Foster for all his support and call on all our members to continue to engage and support the Association as it moves into a new era. I am confident in our future and in Tony’s leadership as we continue to grow and deliver our mission for our members.”
Tony, a Chartered Resource Manager, has been actively involved in the organics recycling industry since 2000 when he joined the UK Composting Association to undertake a market development project and he rapidly progressed to become its Communications Manager in 2002. Since leaving the Association in 2005, his focus has been on driving systemic change in the delivery of high performing organic waste systems and working with the global leader in the bioeconomy, Novamont. He is also a Director of the UK based Bio-based and Biodegradable Industries Association and a member of the Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology’s Organics Steering Group (the UK equivalent to Cré).
“I am deeply honoured to have been appointed as the Chairman of the Board of Cré,” said Breton. “Cré is a unique organisation which has consistently delivered well beyond its means and Martin has left me big boots to fill. I look forward working closely with all our members and stakeholder partners to further our industry and the wider bioeconomy in Ireland. I also look forward to working closely with Percy our dedicated and passionate Chief Executive, as well as our experienced and dedicated Board of Directors.”
“I’m beyond grateful to Martin for his vision, dedication, passion and friendship over the past 12 years which have helped pushed Cré to being the leading and most respected voice for our sector in Ireland” said Percy Foster, Chief Executive. “Equally, I am excited for the future under Tony’s leadership. Tony brings a wealth of experience in both the organics industry and in association management which I am sure will be critical as Cré continues to support our members as they strive to deliver healthy soils and peat replacements for Ireland.”

Percy Foster, CEO
Cré – Composting and Anaerobic Digestion Association of Ireland
T: 0868129260   E:

Ireland has potential to avoid emissions from 44,000 cars by using compost to store carbon in soils

Press Release (15.12.2021)

Ireland has potential to avoid emissions from 44,000 cars by using compost to store carbon in soils

Today, Cré launches a report on the contribution of compost to soil carbon sequestration. Cré believes that soil carbon sequestration is one of the critical paths to achieve net-zero emission.

The Cré report is timely as the European Commission is expected to publish a policy document on its carbon farming initiative today, which aiming to increase carbon sequestration and boost the income of farmers, along with providing an environmental benefit.

Furthermore, based on the current scientific evidence, Cré believes that compost plays a leading role in optimising soil carbon sequestration and improving soil health. Research has demonstrated that 60–150 kg of CO2 equivalent is sequestered in the soil for every tonne of compost applied.

By organically recycling the hundreds of thousands of tonnes food and garden waste generated by households and businesses every years in Ireland to produce high quality compost the resulting benefits for carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions savings are to equivalent to taking 44,000 cars off the road every year.

Julian Beatty, Cré Carbon Task Group Leader, said: “As a nation built on agriculture, we recognise the importance of soil health. There is a presumption our soils are healthy, but unfortunately, not just in Ireland but globally, soils are being depleted at a frightening rate, and we must act now. By recycling all our organic waste back to soil in the form of high-quality compost, we will not only improve soil health but, as this report shows, will sequester carbon, so essential for our climate goals. I want to thank everyone who helped put this report together and urge policymakers and stakeholders to read it and engage with Cré on its call to action.”

Within the report, Cré outlines a number of recommendations to maximise the potential of organic recycling of food and garden waste in the context of carbon sequestration and soil health


  • In line with scientific evidence, Cré is recommending valorising the role of compost in soil carbon sequestration.
  • The Government should incentivise agriculture (livestock, tillage and horticulture) to improve soil carbon sequestration and farmers to trade carbon credits.
  • There is a need to incentivise an increase in the quality and quantity of biowaste collected and processed to increase the supply of good quality compost available to the market.
  • There are currently no comprehensive field trials in Ireland using organic ameliorant (e.g. composted green/ biowaste) that examine carbon sequestration in soil. Fields trials should be established
  • Cré supports any action that recognises the value of carbon sequestration in mitigating climate change and progress to net zero.

The report was prepared by the Cré Carbon Task Group: Dr Brian Murphy (Enrich), Percy Foster (Cré), Karen Mahon (OCAE) and Julian Beatty (Nova-Q).


Executive Summary

Main Report


Percy Foster, CEO

Cré – Composting and Anaerobic Digestion Association of Ireland

T: 0868129260


Cre Online Festival 2021

Cré Online Festival 2021

21, 22 & 23  September

 | 3-5pm Each Day

The Future is Now


This year the annual Cré Conference (21st, 22nd, 23rd September) will again be hosted as an online event of 2-hour sessions each day. Enabling you the flexibility to pick the sessions that interest you most. 

We welcome members of the Compost Council of Canada who will be with us throughout. Join us as we listen to esteemed local and international speakers discussing topical issues and sharing their insights.  Virtual tours are included for what is promising to be a very interesting conference. 

Sessions are recorded and will be available afterwards for replay to all who register for the event. 

Development of Quality Standards for Compost and Digestate in Ireland

Development of Quality  Standards for Compost and Digestate in Ireland

The EPA has published the Research 375: Development of Quality Standards for Compost and Digestate in Ireland. In Ireland, there are no national end-of-waste criteria for compost and digestate derived from source-separated materials. This study developed a quality standard for digestate and an updated standard for compost, it also recommends a strategy on how Ireland should implement national end-of-waste criteria for compost and digestate. It also examined best practice in other countries and options for having end-of-waste criteria.

Project Highlights: Watch the project highlights video 




On behalf of the research team, I would like to thank the valuable input from members of the project steering committee, namely Caroline Murphy (EPA), Vivienne Ahern (Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications), Professor James Clark (University of York), Patrick Barrett (Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine) and John Clarke (Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine); as well as Karen Roche (Project Manager on behalf of the EPA).

Link to the Report:

Authors: Percy Foster and Munoo Prasad

EPA-funded research generates a scientific base to support environmental protection.  Projects are carefully targeted to deliver on three key areas: Identifying pressures; Informing policy; and Developing solutions

Identify Pressures

In Ireland, there are no national end-of-waste criteria for compost and digestate derived from source-separated materials. There are varying quality standards being used by composting and anaerobic digestion plants. Overall, the system needs a uniform set of quality standards for compost and digestate, which would replace existing standards being applied. This study will also recommend a strategy on how Ireland should implement national end-of-waste criteria for compost and digestate.

Inform Policy

Recent European Union (EU) circular economy and bioeconomy policies and the New European Green Deal promote the recycling of nutrients from organic wastes into products that can be used as soil improvers and fertilisers, thereby reducing the use of mineral fertilisers. This has renewed interest in the use of compost and digestate as potential fertilisers. This study developed a quality standard for digestate and an updated standard for compost. It also examined best practice in other countries and options for having end-of-waste criteria.

Develop Solutions

The research developed should be used by the National Standard Authority of Ireland to update Irish Standard (IS 441) on compost and develop a new IS standard for digestate. The findings of this study can be used in an application to the Environmental Protection Agency by industry for national end-of-waste standards for compost and digestate. The possible approach that could be taken in Ireland to define end-of-waste criteria is by implementing either biowaste ordinance legislation or a national fertiliser regulation. It should include the requirement that compost or anaerobic digestion plants proposing to produce an end-of-waste product be compliant with a Quality Assurance Scheme that is monitored by a quality assurance organisation. By achieving end-of-waste status, it generates a level playing field. It also supports the development of a circular economy while still respecting the precautionary principle by avoiding pollution when compost and digestate are used on soil.

This project was funded under the EPA Research Programme 2014-2020. The EPA Research Programme is a Government of Ireland initiative funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment. It is administered by the Environmental Protection Agency, which has a statutory function of coordinating and promoting environmental research.

The twitter account for the project is-


Further Information contact:

Percy Foster, T: 086- 8129260

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Notes to Editor:

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Public Consultation on Research Project: To Develop National End of Waste Standards for Quality Compost and Digestate

Cré is seeking views on the Research Project ‘To Develop National End of Waste Standards for Quality Compost and Digestate’

In Ireland, there are no national End-of-Waste Criteria for quality compost and digestate derived from source-separated materials. In EPA licences for composting and anaerobic digestion (AD) plants, there is a quality standard as part of the licences, however in old licences the parameters and limit values vary considerably and in the recent licences the parameters and limit values have been adopted from the national compost standard I.S. 441 for compost but also for AD plants.
This project has examined best European practices as well as quality standards in Canada, America and Australia; and proposes an approach for End-of-Waste Criteria for compost and digestate in Ireland. In addition, the project has developed a quality standard for digestate and an updated compost standard, which are used as part of the End-of-Waste Criteria.
The project findings will inform the approach that should be taken to develop national End-of-Waste Criteria for compost and digestate in Ireland.
All submissions are welcome and will be considered in the finialisation of the report.
Confidential or commercially sensitive information should be clearly identified in your submission. By responding to the consultation, respondents consent to their name being shared with the steering committee.

Submissions must be made using this  template to the following email address:

No other format will be accepted, this is to ensure we capture all the comments and to be able to consider them all in the context which they are submitted.

The consultation document can be downloaded here

The closing date for submissions is 5pm, Friday 12th, June, 2020.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS This is a consultation document on the research report funded by the EPA Research Programme 2014–2020. The programme is financed by the Irish Government. It is administered on behalf of the Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment by the EPA, which has the statutory function of co-ordinating and promoting environmental research.


Cré has produced a short video on covid for its members.

Covid 19


RED C Research on Commercial food waste bin

Press Release



A third of Irish businesses surveyed don’t have a food waste bin

A new survey from RED C Research* has found that despite legislation for the last ten years requiring businesses to have and use a food waste bin, 33% do not have one.

The research highlights that among those who don’t have a food waste bin, the main reasons are that their waste collector did not provide it to them (30%), they have no space for the extra bin (14%) and 10% did not know about food waste bins. Cost of collection being expensive was lower down the list of reasons for not having a food waste bin, with only 6% of the businesses surveyed mentioning it.

The main reason why 66% of businesses reported using a food waste bin were because it is the law (37%), it’s environmentally friendly (31%) and it leaves other waste cleaner for recycling (24%).

Many businesses report that they are using the weight data provided by waste collectors to examine if they are producing too much food waste (67%) and have systems in place to reduce food waste (83%).

According to the businesses surveyed, infographics of what goes into different waste bins (98%), food waste reduction toolkit (88%), online videos on correct use of food waste bins/segregation of waste (77%) would be useful to help them recycle more food waste.

Percy Foster CEO of Cré said, “The findings show that there still is a lot more work to do in the commercial sector to recycle food waste. The Government will be consulting on the review of waste policy in Ireland and these findings will contribute to this review.”

Speaking on behalf of the three Regional Waste Offices, Joanne Rourke, Resource Efficiency Officer with the Eastern-Midlands Waste Regional Office commented, “While it is encouraging that two thirds of businesses are obeying the law and segregating food waste and indeed that many of these are doing so for environmental reasons, it is imperative that the remaining one third of businesses who are not currently using their brown bin begin doing so.”

“The Regional Waste Offices and the other stakeholders are currently developing resources to support businesses in addressing the deficits and difficulties they may be encountering in segregating their waste. Sending organic waste, such as food, to landfill has been illegal in the commercial sector since 2009 and food disposed of this way actually contributes to climate change through the gases it releases while breaking down. By properly segregating organic waste, businesses can play an important part in reducing waste to landfill and mitigating climate change.”

Odile Le Bolloch of the EPA’s Food Waste Prevention Team said; “It takes a lot of resources to put food on our tables and when food is wasted, the resources used to produce that food are wasted too. This impacts climate change, our local environment and business costs. Recent EPA-funded research[1] found that the food services sector generates over 250,000 tonnes of food waste each year with a very considerable cost in terms of resource-use and business overheads – estimated at over €300M for the hospitality sector alone. To meet this environmental and financial challenge, food businesses need to measure the food being discarded, and then take action to reduce avoidable wastage.”

“Food businesses can show their commitment to reducing food waste by signing up to Ireland’s Food Waste Charter, a national initiative led by the EPA targeting food waste in the business sector. For businesses that want to reduce their food waste or need help to get started, support is available to businesses who sign the charter, including a food waste reduction toolkit.”


Download a copy of the report RED C- Commercial Food Waste Survey – Sept 2019





This survey was co–funded by the Department of Communication, Climate Action and Environment, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Connaught-Ulster Waste Region, the Southern Waste Region, the Eastern–Midlands Waste Region and Cré – Composting and Anaerobic Digestion Association of Ireland.


*RED C Research conducted the research in August 2019 among the members of the Restaurant Association of Ireland, Vintner Federation of Ireland, Small Firms Association and IBEC (sample of 151 businesses).


Further information on food waste in commercial sectors and the Food Waste Charter can be found at




For further information please contact:


Maeve Kelly

Grapevine Communications


Telephone: 087 6895930

Cré Welcomes Opening of Renewable Heat Scheme for Biogas

Press Release (05.06.2018)

Cré Welcomes Opening of Renewable Heat Scheme for Biogas


On Tuesday Minister Bruton opened the second phase of the Support Scheme for Renewable Heat (SSRH), which will provide operational support anaerobic digestion heating systems and biomass boilers.

Percy Foster CEO of Cré said “We welcome this initiative from Minister Bruton and we particular see the food processing sector changing their processes as it will encourage them to install biogas plants to treat their own waste and to displace fossil fuels which would have been used for heating purposes within their processes”

Details on how operators can apply for their scheme should contact Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI)- ( or 01-248-4982)