Carbon Footprint

Currently waste management is the second largest producer of methane gas in Scotland, contributing about 13 per cent of total emissions in 2003. Direct emissions from the waste management sector accounted for one per cent of all Scottish greenhouse gas emissions in 2003.

Compared to conventional landfilling, the EfW plant will result in significantly lower methane emissions.  This is important because methane is a greenhouse gas which is 20 times more powerful in its effect than CO 2

Waste sent to landfill rots slowly, and while the resulting landfill gas can be captured and used to generate electricity, landfill is becoming less sustainable.

By using waste as a fuel in a controlled environment under optimum conditions, the amount of greenhouse gas can be dramatically reduced. The generation of electricity also offsets the use of fossil fuel. Utilising the additional heat produced further improves the plants’ efficiency.

The carbon footprint is reduced further still by:

 utilising the rail link rather than transporting the majority of the residual waste to the site by road, and
 separating out recyclates at source through kerbside collection and similar schemes.

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