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Development of Viridor’s 34 MW Waste to Energy Facility Worth £5.3m to Local Firms in Avonmouth

Taunton-based recycling and waste to energycompany, Viridor, has spent £5.3 million so far with local businesses within 30 miles of the £252 million Resource Recovery Centre in Avonmouth.

The company, a part of the Pennon Group (LSE: PNN) has been working with local contractors including PMS, GAP Hire Solutions, Hanson and B&A on the construction of the Avonmouth energy from waste plant, which will divert 320,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste away from landfill.

“As part of Viridor’s Resource Recovery Centre construction we have been clear that working with local businesses is at the heart of establishing ourselves as a responsible neighbour,” commented Viridor Managing Director Phil Piddington. “It is not just during the construction phase of these projects that local suppliers can benefit, we will require support throughout the life of the facility.”

According to the company, in line with it and its construction partners commitment to support the local economy, some of the suppliers were sourced directly from Viridor’s ‘Meet the Buyer’ event in Bristol last July, attended by more than 30 companies interested in being involved.

Construction on site started in summer 2017 and, when operational, the facility will generate around 34MW, enough electrical power to supply 44,000 homes, the equivalent of a population larger than the city of Bath.

Covanta Environmental Solutions Opens State-of-the-Art Materials Processing Facility in Indianapolis

June 27, 2018
Expands waste processing and environmental services capabilities to better serve customers

INDIANAPOLIS, June 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Covanta Environmental Solutions, a leading provider of environmental services across a wide range of industries, has opened a new materials processing facility in Indianapolis to better serve customers with the latest in sustainable materials management and environmental services.

After more than 30 years successfully managing the City of Indianapolis’ waste at its Indianapolis Energy-from-Waste (EfW) facility, Covanta seized the opportunity to acquire and develop a vacant industrial property located in close proximity to the EfW plant. The new material processing facility will enable Covanta to expand the service offerings of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Covanta Environmental Solutions, to meet the growing needs of commercial and industrial businesses in Central Indiana.

Covanta Indianapolis has enabled many major local automotive, pharmaceutical, and chemical manufacturers to achieve zero-waste-to-landfill status in recent years, however the demand for these services began to outpace the EfW facility’s handling and processing capacity. The new materials processing facility – less than three miles away from the EfW facility – provides new processing and pre-sorting capabilities which will significantly improve efficiency and better serve new and existing customers.

“The demand for our sustainable material management services from leading manufacturers in the area has experienced strong and steady growth,” said Paul Stauder, president of Covanta Environmental Solutions. “Our investment in this new facility demonstrates our commitment to providing industry-leading solutions for a variety of waste streams while enabling our customers to reach their sustainability goals. After operating in Indianapolis for three decades, we are proud to be expanding, bringing new jobs and an important economic boost to the city.”

 

In addition to helping customers reduce waste sent to landfills, the newest Covanta Environmental Solutions facility will provide liquid and solid waste recycling and treatment, product destruction and de-packaging, railcar and tote cleaning and transportation and logistics support for companies with industrial waste disposal needs.

Covanta Environmental Solutions works with industries including pharmaceuticals, consumer products, health and beauty, food, automotive, chemicals and other manufacturers. The company’s services help solve some of the toughest environmental challenges faced by these industries and minimize risk. Some longtime customers in Central Indiana include Subaru of Indiana Automotive, The Hill and Griffith Company and Haynes International.

About Covanta Environmental Solutions
Covanta Environmental Solutions, a subsidiary of Covanta (NYSE: CVA), offers comprehensive industrial material management services to companies seeking solutions to some of today’s most complex environmental challenges. With a nationwide network of treatment, recycling and Energy-from-Waste facilities, Covanta Environmental Solutions enables customers to mitigate risk and reach their sustainability goals. For more information, visit covantaes.com.

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EDF and Veolia conclude a partnership agreement on nuclear plant decommissioning and radioactive waste processing

EDF has set itself the goal of finalizing decommissioning of 6 gas-cooled reactors in France in Bugey (Ain department), Chinon (Indre-et-Loire department) and Saint-Laurent-des-Eaux (Loir-et-Cher) in the shortest possible time.
Under the agreement signed today, Veolia will provide EDF with its experience in remote handling technologies (robotics) with a view to designing and delivering innovative solutions to access the cores of gas-cooled reactors and to cut up and extract components under optimum safety and security conditions.
EDF and Veolia will work together to develop an industrial solution for the vitrification of low- and intermediate-level waste using Veolia’s GeoMelt® technology. This technology immobilises radioactive waste in a stable and durable glass matrix that makes it easy to transport and store.

The objective for the two companies is the industrial implementation and joint commercial operation of these robotics and vitrification technologies.

Jean-Bernard Lévy, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of EDF, stated: “We are proud to have signed this agreement with Veolia which underscores EDF’s determination to become a key player in decommissioning and radioactive waste management. This partnership is also tangible evidence of EDF and Veolia’s desire to pool their know-how in the interest of developing successful industrial sectors.”
Antoine Frérot

Antoine Frérot, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Veolia, announced: “I am delighted with this partnership between EDF and Veolia, an alliance between two key players, globally recognised, with a very high level of expertise in their respective fields. Our collaboration, which is expected to grow over time, demonstrates the extent of each company’s vision and ambition with regard to processing the most environmentally sensitive waste and preserving the environment.”

Veolia’s expertise in plant sanitation and radioactive waste treatment

Veolia has made the treatment of the most sensitive waste one of its priority development areas.
The Group’s solutions range from the characterization of contaminated environments to the stabilization of radioactive waste, using robotic solutions for remote intervention.
This globally unique expertise is now being employed in France on the CEA sites, in Fukushima in Japan, in Sellafield and Dounreay in Great Britain, and in Canada and the United States. Veolia’s GeoMelt® vitrification technology, is also unique and treating waste and the immobilizing radionuclides and heavy metals in ultra-stable glass. To date, more than 26,000 tonnes of radioactive and hazardous waste has been treated using this technology.

SUEZ officially opens new Cornwall and Wilton energy-from-waste facilities

SUEZ hosted events at the Wilton facility in Redcar on Thursday 14 June 2018 and at the Cornwall energy recovery centre on Friday 15 June 2018, celebrating the efforts of the many hundreds of people involved in bringing these complex facilities to fruition. In the past two years, SUEZ has developed and successfully commissioned three new energy-from-waste facilities – Wilton, Cornwall and Severnside (for West London), the latter of which was officially launched earlier in 2018.

The Wilton energy-from-waste facility on Teesside was officially opened on Thursday by MRWA Deputy Chairperson, Cllr Tony Concepcion and SUEZ recycling and recovery UK CEO, David Palmer-Jones.

SUEZ recycling and recovery UK works in partnership with Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and other local organisations to manage the household waste that’s generated daily across Merseyside and Halton. Waste – which otherwise would have gone to landfill – is brought to the state-of-the-art facility on the Wilton International Industrial Estate where it is treated to generate enough electricity to power 63,000 homes.

Steam generated is also exported to local industries on the Wilton International Industrial Estate. Residual waste from around Merseyside and Halton arrives at the Knowsley rail transfer loading station on Merseyside – operated by SUEZ recycling and recovery UK – where it is sent by rail container to Wilton energy-from-waste facility on Teesside. Transporting residual waste by rail saves the equivalent of 1,000 HGV journeys and offsets around 127,000 tonnes of CO2 each year.

The official opening was marked by a tree planting and plaque presentation.

Christchurch Airport to transition to electric vehicles by 2030

Christchurch Airport has become the latest international airport to sign up to The Climate Group’s EV100 initiative for electric transport, committing to transition its vehicle fleet to 100% electric by 2030.

“With 6.5 million people visiting the terminal every year, Christchurch Airport has an opportunity to make electric vehicles a more familiar sight in New Zealand, while demonstrating to airports around the world how it’s done,” said Helen Clarkson, CEO, The Climate Group.

Action on electric vehicles (EVs) within the aviation sector is fast emerging as a growing trend, after Heathrow Airport and Air New Zealand made the same commitments and joined EV100 late last year.

It is a model that can be applied in airports and cities around the world: the uptake of electric vehicles globally will have a positive impact on air quality across dense and polluted cities, generating health benefits, and making them more liveable places for all.

Malcolm Johns, Chief Executive, Christchurch Airport, said, “We are continually looking at our operations and challenging ourselves to become greener. Energy use is a key focus for us, we have cut the terminal’s energy use by 20% since 2013. With the transport sector the fastest-growing contributor to climate change, transitioning our vehicle fleet to electric is a sensible next step.”

He continued, “The South Island has a unique and spectacular environment and we all need to do our bit to preserve it for future generations. Our team is delighted to be part of EV100 and takes great pride in doing what we can to look after our place in the world.”

Christchurch Airport is the third company from New Zealand to join EV100, after it was launched at by The Climate Group at Climate Week NYC in September 2017. The airport currently has eight electric vehicles, meaning 40% of its fleet is already electric. It also hosts ‘Yoogo’ – an EV sharing scheme for community use, and is challenging other businesses to commit to EVs.

By switching their fleets to EVs and offering charging infrastructure at their premises, companies are providing essential visibility and accelerating the global transition towards a low-carbon future.

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