Energy from Waste Expertise
FCC Environment has had a major shift in emphasis for its business strategy. It is focusing on materials recycling and the recovery of green energy as it moves away from landfill disposal.
Renewable energy is an important strand of the business - whether its energy from waste (EfW) to generate electricity or heat, creating power from energy crops or using the natural force of the wind to produce electricity.
Energy from waste infrastructure
Already the company has three energy from waste (EfW) facilities:
- Treating up to 500,000 tonnes of residual waste each year from home and businesses
- Generating up to 43 megawatts - enough power for up to 70,000 homes and equivalent to saving 200,000 tonnes per year of coal
- Treating up to 160,000 tonnes of waste from homes and businesses
- Generating steam for a major urban district heating scheme
- Providing heat for more than 4,000 homes as well as many offices and public buildings in the city.
- Treating up to 150,000 tonnes of waste each year
- Generating more than 11MW of electricity to power over 10,000 homes.
In addition, FCC Environment has been granted permission for two further EfW plants:
Greatmoor in Buckinghamshire
- Up to 300,000 tonnes of residual household and business waste
- Up to 200,000 tonnes of residual household and business waste for Herefordshire and Worcestershire
These projects are vital to reduce reliance on landfill and to sustainably treat waste that cannot be recycled. These are major steps for FCC Environment as it continues to focus on turning waste into a resource.
Currently there is not enough residual waste treatment infrastructure to treat what we produce. However, our European counterparts have excess capacity for EfW incineration. Until sufficient capacity is brought on line in the UK, FCC
Environment is producing RDF (refuse derived fuel) and SRF (solid recovered fuel) at a number of its recycling facilities for export to efficient EU recovery facilities.
FCC Environment is committed to reusing, recycling and recovering energy from as much unrecyclable material as possible within the UK and continues to invest in a wide range of waste and resource treatment infrastructure.
Using RDF and SRF allows FCC Environment to maximise the amount of value derived from commercial, industrial and municipal waste to help customers meet waste recycling and recovery targets.
Part of the company’s restoration obligations at closed landfill sites means the land can potentially be used to generate green energy by growing energy crops for the production of biogas on site, or as a feedstock for biomass power stations.
FCC Environment is already growing energy crops in the form of maize which will be used by the Drax power station in North Yorkshire. The next step is to use landfill sites to site small anaerobic digestion (AD) plants and to grow maize alongside for use as a feedstock.
FCC Environment has been granted permission for two wind turbine developments on former landfill sites in the East Riding of Yorkshire which will generate enough energy to power 4,500 homes. A number of other proposed developments are in the planning process.
With the UK’s target of 15% of energy from renewable sources by 2020, renewable energy such as wind turbines and energy crops is an important part of FCC Environment’s business strategy.
To find out more contact FCC Environment’s Green Energy+ Division on 01604 826200; or visit www.fccenvironment.co.uk
FCC Environment's approach to delivering a sustainable future
We are keen to promote waste as a valuable resource
Our experienced team operate more than 200 waste treatment and renewable energy sites in the UK offering municipal and business waste solutions for companies of all sizes
FCC Group are industry leaders in energy from waste (EfW) with plants throughout Europe
We work in partnership with businesses and local authorities to raise awareness of the need for a more sustainable future.
FCC Environment is investing in its people and the future of EfW. It is running both a Graduate and an apprenticeship scheme as its Allington and Eastcroft EfW plants which will hone apprentices' skills and make them particularly suitable for this technology.