Tamar Energy Set To Begin Bromley AD Construction
Tamar Energy has announced it has cleared the last major step to be able to start construction on its sixth anaerobic digestion (AD) facility, in the London Borough of Bromley, when an improved site design received planning consent on 9 October 2014.
The company has planning permission for an AD facility to convert around 45,000 tonnes per annum of food waste into renewable energy.
The Bromley site is expected to be commissioned in late 2015, with power generation commencing in early 2016. The company’s network of AD facilities is already one of the largest in the UK, with Tamar Energy’s fourth plant in Halstead, Essex in the final stages of commissioning and the fifth plant in Hoddesdon, Herts, due to start taking feedstock in spring 2015.
Willie Heller, Tamar Energy – “The Bromley AD facility is ideally located to make the best use of the organic waste in the local area. Rather than being sent to landfill or transported long distances, this waste will be used in the most sustainable way – as the feedstock to generate renewable energy”
Willie Heller, Tamar Energy’s chief executive, said: “The Bromley AD facility is ideally located to make the best use of the organic waste in the local area. Rather than being sent to landfill or transported long distances, this waste will be used in the most sustainable way – as the feedstock to generate renewable energy”.
He added: “We are very pleased that our request to modify the original design for the plant has been granted. The improved design provides greater operational efficiency and an enhanced digestate solution for the site, whilst having no visual or environmental impacts beyond the original scheme. The facility will address the ongoing need for local waste treatment while producing enough renewable energy for more than 4,000 UK homes – it’s a win-win situation”.
Currently, Tamar Energy has operating AD facilities in Holbeach, Lincs; Halstead, Essex; Basingstoke, Hants and Retford, Notts.
Business & Education Minister Launches Enterprise Scheme With Environcom
“Driving innovation, managing resources and creating skilled jobs within the circular economy is the key to green growth,” said Business & Education Minister Nick Boles MP during a visit to Grantham-based Environcom on Friday 10 October.
The minister was at the home of the UK’s biggest independent recycler of WEEE (waste electronic & electrical equipment) to launch a £100,000 joint initiative between Environcom and Cranfield School of Management, a training and development programme which is the first of a number of initiatives by Environcom to drive innovation in green manufacturing and support the growth of the circular economy.
The first stage of the investment will see Environcom and Cranfield School of Management developing a post graduate programme to look at the various drivers and behaviour change needed to grow the circular economy. The broad-ranging programme will support recycling, usage and sales of second life electrical items and include design, research and business development. The research is designed to support the whole of the green manufacturing sector.
Nick Boles MP commented: “Environcom is an important employer not only in Grantham but in all of the four areas it operates in. Its collaboration with Cranfield University is an important driver for green manufacturing. In addition, the creation of 100 new jobs across its business will massively help boost these local economies as well as Britain¹s wider green economy.”
UKCM Secures Four-Year Contract With Birmingham City Council
Container repair and refurbishment company, UK Container Maintenance (UKCM) is celebrating after winning a four year contract with Birmingham City Council.
Cheshire-based UKCM will provide both mobile and factory based maintenance and repairs to the council¹s waste containers as well as supplying spare parts for four-wheeled bins.
The contract win comes from the ESPO “Refuse and Recycling” 860 framework that UKCM is part of. After demonstrating a thorough understanding of the Council’s requirements, UKCM also detailed its proven track record in repairing and refurbishing waste and recycling containers to the public sector on a national basis, together with good financial stability.
Laura Maitland, category manager at ESPO, commented: “I’m pleased that Birmingham City Council have used framework 860 (refuse and recycling) to procure this essential service, thereby ensuring the future maintenance of their wheeled bins.”