UK energy recovery project granted £110m EU loan

A waste to energy project in the UK has been granted £110 million of support by the European Investment Bank (EIB). The 30MW Cardiff Energy Recovery Facility is said to […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

A waste to energy project in the UK has been granted £110 million of support by the European Investment Bank (EIB).

The 30MW Cardiff Energy Recovery Facility is said to be the largest of its kind in Wales, treating 350,000 tonnes of waste every year from local authorities and businesses.

At least 95% of non-recyclable waste in South Wales is diverted from landfill, according to developer Viridor.

Jonathan Taylor, EIB Vice President said: “Significant investment in energy recovery technology allows energy to be recovered from waste that cannot be recycled or reused and would previously have been sent to landfill sites.

“The new Cardiff Energy Recovery Facility shows how waste is being transformed into vital renewable energy for Wales and reflects the strong environmental commitment of the Welsh government and local authorities already working with the project.”

Viridor currently has eight energy recovery facilities in operation across the UK and a further three are expected to be delivered by March 2019. Together they will deliver 242MW of decentralised energy.