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FCC Environment welcomes decision to grant planning approval for Buckinghamshire energy from waste treatment facility

28 May 2012 15:31

FCC Environment is pleased that Buckinghamshire County Council’s independent Development Control Committee has approved our planning application for an Energy from Waste facility which will treat up to 300,000 tonnes of waste generated by households and businesses in Buckinghamshire each year.

The facility will significantly reduce reliance on landfill, increase recycling and generate 22MW of low carbon electricity. It will also provide a boost to the local economy, including creating approximately 300 temporary jobs during the three year construction and 40 permanent skilled jobs.

This forms part of an integrated waste management solution for Buckinghamshire that will save Buckinghamshire County Council approximately £100 million during the life of the 30-year contract.

John Plant, Director of FCC Projects, said: “I am very pleased that the Development Control Committee has decided to give approval to the Greatmoor Energy Recovery facility. This state-of-the-art residual waste treatment infrastructure will end Buckinghamshire’s reliance on unsustainable and costly landfill.

“Importantly the plant will support the recovery of secondary resources from the waste that we all create. The new plant will generate valuable, low-carbon energy from the waste that is left over after recycling, and ash that will be used as an aggregate replacement.

From a national perspective the plant will also contribute to the UK’s push to reduce the use of traditional fossil fuels to generate energy.

“The planning process leading to this decision has been rigorous and thorough, ensuring broad local public consultation and involvement. This gives confidence that this is the right way to ensure more sustainable and cost-effective waste and resource management for Buckinghamshire,” added Mr Plant.

FCC Environment – which is part of FCC, the international infrastructure, environmental services and energy group – was appointed Buckinghamshire County Council’s preferred bidder for its residual waste treatment contract in November 2010.

More information about the Buckinghamshire EfW project can be found at www.fccenvironment.co.uk/greatmoor.

Notes to Editors:

FCC Environment, a leading UK waste management and energy recovery company, is part of FCC the international environmental services, infrastructure and energy group (www.fcc.es). Focused on delivering integrated waste management and energy recovery solutions to meet national, regional and local needs, FCC Environment operates facilities for the collection, reception, recycling and treatment of waste, including a network of waste transfer and recycling centres and a regional network of landfill sites www.fccenvironment.co.uk Twitter: @fccenvironment

For further information, please contact:

Julie Fourcade, Sauce Consultancy. Tel: 07958 736056; Email: juliefourcade@sauceconsultancy.co.uk

Mike Snell, General Manager – External Affairs, FCC Environment. Tel: 01604 826200; Email: mike.snell@fccenvironment.co.uk

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