How are we tackling climate change?

As waste decomposes in a landfill site it generates landfill gas – a mixture of methane, carbon dioxide and water vapour. Methane is around 25 times more powerful as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide over a 100-year period.

By using energy from waste, we are saving the equivalent of 215,000 tonnes of CO2 every year compared with disposing to landfill. That’s like taking 110,000 cars of the road each year.

By far the best waste to tackle climate change is by reducing our waste and recycling more. Our facility is based on a reaching a 50% recycling rate in north London by 2020/21. We are still a long way off achieving this and we need sustainable ways of treating waste. Energy recovery is the only proven advanced technology for treating non-recyclable waste.