What impact does energy-from-waste have on global warming?
Modern energy-from-waste facilities have a positive impact in our battle against climate change. Disposing of waste to landfill causes the emission of both carbon dioxide and methane, with methane being a greenhouse gas that is many times more powerful than carbon dioxide. Diverting that waste from landfill and managing it more sustainably within an energy-from-waste facility therefore generates significant greenhouse gas savings compared to landfill. In addition, a significant amount of the energy used by our homes and businesses still comes from the use of fossil fuels, such as natural gas or coal. The electricity generated by energy-from-waste facilities is officially recognised as coming from a non-fossil fuel source. It’s also, to a certain extent, classed as renewable energy and the technology is recognised by the EU as being sustainable. Displacing this fossil fuel-based electricity from the transmission network by using waste as fuel therefore creates further carbon savings.
What level of carbon emissions will be saved if the Killoch Energy Recovery Park goes ahead?
The Killoch Energy Recovery Park has the potential to offer net savings of 18,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year that it operates, once its capacity to share its waste heat is being utilised. This will be largely as a result of diverting waste from landfill - but also due to the energy it produces displacing fossil-fuel based energy across the transmission network (also known as the national grid)
What difference can the Killoch Energy Recovery Park make to East Ayrshire’s carbon dioxide emissions?
In East Ayrshire Council’s recent Climate Change Strategy consultation it noted that its municipal waste accounted for 13,500 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year. This is 42 per cent of the authority’s total carbon dioxide emissions. East Ayrshire Council states as part of this strategy that ‘a large proportion’ of its waste-related carbon dioxide emissions are due to the landfilling of the municipal and commercial waste it collects from local homes and businesses. Offering East Ayrshire an alternative to sending its waste to landfill – where it would give off greenhouse gases including both carbon dioxide and methane – therefore has the capacity, in and of itself, to deliver a significant reduction in East Ayrshire’s waste-related carbon emissions. The Killoch Energy Recovery Park will therefore go a long way towards reducing East Ayrshire’s waste-related contribution to climate change.
How will Killoch ERP battle climate change?
The proposed Killoch Energy Recovery Park will offer significant benefits in the battle against climate change. You can view our response to East Ayrshire Council’s recent Climate Change Strategy consultation here.
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