09 Jun 2009 12:06:06
EfW scheme being considered for Belfast area
Belfast City Council is to consider plans this week for the construction of a £1 billion facility to deliver energy from waste (EfW).
The power generation scheme is intended to help local councils in Northern Ireland meet EU landfill targets while also providing a more environmentally-friendly approach to waste management.
It is being supported by arc21, which overseas the management of waste initiatives for 11 councils in the Ulster area.
According to Ricky Burnett, policy and operations director of arc21, the project will help support commercial, industrial and community projects, as well as the country's efforts to improve its energy mix.
The EfW scheme, which will include a mechanical biological treatment facility, has the potential to provide enough energy from residual waste to power 40,000 homes.
It will supplement the organisation's plans to encourage people to produce less waste and establish a 50 percent recycling rate.
Mr Burnett said: "We are happy with progress on our project and we hope to move onto the next stage of the procurement process in the very near future."
Under EU legislation, all member nations are required to reduce the amount of waste they send to landfill to 35 percent of 1995 levels by 2020.http://www.arc21.org.uk/opencontent/?itemId=26