UK waste and resource sector predicted to make major carbon emission savings

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
?More than 10% of UK carbon emission savings will be from the sector if it takes up a series of energy saving solutions

The UK’s waste and resource sector is projected to save over 200m tonnes of carbon emissions between 2023- 2032, according to Veolia and Imperial College.

More than 10% of UK carbon emission savings will be from the sector if it takes up a series of energy saving solutions.

These include all Energy Recovery Facilities (ERFs) developing district heating which could per year cut 570,000 tonnes of carbon emissions and save the average homeowner £90.

Half of all diesel trucks, vans and cars in the sector should also be replaced by electric, improving air quality and contributing to long term climate goals, the research said.

Better design in manufacturing of plastic products, upgrading recycling facilities and recycling 500,000 tonnes of plastic waste per year could help save 1m tonnes of CO2 emissions.

Despite these predicted efforts, research suggested the UK would not fulfil its carbon reduction commitments at current rates of emission mitigation.

A report by the Global Carbon Project found that global carbon emissions will jump to a record high 2018.

Richard Kirkman, chief technology and innovation officer, said: “Veolia, and the resource sector more broadly, has the technology at its disposal and the willpower to ensure not only Britain upholds its carbon commitments but is the bellwether for green and sustainable alternatives.

“Currently we’re scratching the surface with initiatives to curb carbon - to overturn the shortfall, we must think long term but act today.”


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