Less carbon

Cory Riverside Energy Thames

In the last decade, waste management strategies throughout the UK and Europe have moved from landfill to energy recovery.

This approach has been driven by government policy such as the UK Climate Change Act 2008, which requires a minimum 80% reduction in UK greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Additionally the country is legally obliged, under a European Union agreement, to buy 15% of its energy consumption from renewable sources by 2020.

At Cory Riverside Energy we are committed to playing our part in achieving these targets. By minimising waste to landfill and maximising energy generation through our efficient plant operation, we provide a unique waste management solution that generates a secure supply of affordable, low carbon renewable energy.

Our new report, A Carbon Case for Energy from Waste 2016, demonstrates that our approach offers a much more environmentally beneficial method of managing municipal waste than landfill. The report assesses the level of carbon emissions from our Riverside Energy from Waste plant and compares them to UK landfill disposal.

The report will be available to download from this page soon.

Key findings

  • Per unit of waste, our energy from waste process displaces more electricity from fossil fuel power sources than landfill
  • Our process is 6% more thermally efficient than landfill
  • Our unique use of the River Thames to transport waste via tugs and barges saves 14,675 tonnes of CO2 compared to landfill
  • By recycling the incinerator bottom ash and air pollution control residue, we save 23,736 tonnes of C02
  • When energy generated is accounted for, our process creates a 74% carbon saving when compared to landfill
Our new report, A Carbon Case for Energy from Waste 2016, demonstrates our approach.