4.3 MILLION tonnes CO2 from plastics/biomass incineration (WID definition)

Derbyshire incinerator (contract advised by PWC, Deloitte et al, see contract page) will emit 4.3 MILLION tonnes of carbon dioxide over it’s contractual 25years. Over 50 of these so-called ‘waste-to-energy’ plants (mass balance reveals they actually waste more energy than the tiny amount created) are planned for the UK, & many more across the world; they are wrongly claimed to be low-carbon. This will only benefit the banks trading in carbon; the next ‘carbon bubble’ to burst (see banks page)

24 Jan 2019 Question from Derby Friends of the Earth to Derby City Council – “The Derbyshire plastics/biomass incinerator in Sinfin Lane, was estimated, by the developer Resource Recovery Solutions, to produce 4.3 million tonnes of carbon dioxide in the 25 years of ‘operation’. As plastics (bluebin) and biowaste/biomass (brownbin) recycling collections are being dismantled, this means the 4.3 million tonnes is an underestimate, as more ‘organics’ and ‘calorifics’ are to be destroyed (as per the contract). What is the latest carbon dioxide figure?

Ans. ” Derby City Council are currently introducing a free Garden Waste Service to Derby residents and will soon be looking at the recycling provision within the inner City wards with a view to improve recycling rates. This 4.3Mt figure cannot be updated until the plant is in full operation, and all the elements in the calculation can be revalidated based on latest data e.g on latest waste composition data, and actual net power output (i,e export, less plant’s own usage. At this point the 4.3Mt figure is the most accurate estimate that is available. “

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Mass balance investigations (by Hugh, many thanks) reveals that ALL so-called ‘residual’ waste incinerators WASTE a LOT more energy than the piffling amount they produce. What a joke so-called ‘energy-to-waste’ really is. Yet Governments /countries/companies worldwide allow themselves to be conned, that it’s low-carbon.

17 December 2017

The blackbin is for so-called ‘residual’ waste left over after reduction, reuse, recycling by the householder through the blue bin (‘calorific’ plastics, glass, metal, card, paper) and brownbin (‘organics – kitchen and garden resources) The brownbin is now being charged for, leading to a massive increase in ‘organics’ in the blackbin. (STOP PRESS The free brownbin is to return, though ONLY to households which sign up for it, not everyone) Bluebins have also been removed from many areas, leading to a massive increase in ‘calorifics’ (ie plastics) in the blackbin. Recycling is being dismantled to fulfil the incineration contract tonnages and ‘calorific’ and ‘organic’ waste values. As people in Derby are now forced to throw previously composted foodwaste into the blackbin (supposed to be for residuals) instead of composting at Vital Earth AND  plastics are now added to blackbin incineration mix (LEADING TO MORE NITROGEN DIOXIDE AND DIOXIN EMISSIONS FROM THEBURNING OF THESE RESOURCES) the figure of 4.3 million tonnes of CO2 is a vast underestimate

More figures shortly, (we have asked Derby City Council what the revised CO2 tonnages are)  Business/commercial/industrial waste does not even have to be recycled, so an approximate carbon tonnage may be closer to 10 million tonnes CO2. 

Yet the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change scientists warn us to STOP producing more CO2 and the World Bank’s May 2015 publication ‘Achieving Inclusive Green Growth’ summary states that structural change is needed ‘away from carbon-intensive sectors’ Yet many banks are still funding hi-carbon, polluting development (see banks page) . The Derby/Derbyshire plans lock us into producing MORE CO2, (plus dioxin, nitrogen dioxide, Deaths Brought Forward)

Proof below – from the SINFIN, SPONDON AND ALL AGAINST INCINERATION campaign group, who were sent the following email from RRS – now owned by Shanks. Funded by MacQuarie/Green Investment Group/Renewi PLC, Foresight Group) See also the page about the banks involved https://www.foe.co.uk/groups/derby/761

In a message dated 14/10/2009:

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Dear Mr Bacon,

Apologies for the delay in responding to your email, but I have liaised with Energos to ascertain the information you required. Please attached a paper that was produced by the Executive Committee of IEA Bioenergy, which you might find useful.

It shows the projected carbon impact (when displacing coal derived electricity) of the plant is between 1982kg and 694kg CO2 per tonne MSW processed.

The difference in the figures is based on the CH4 produced if the MSW was landfilled and there is no landfill gas collection and utilisation, and the lower figure used if 80% of the LFG is recovered and used.

With regards to an estimate of the CO2 figure for the Derby Waste Treatment Facility, Derby (3 lines at 6 tph operating for 7,800 hours) nominally treats 140,000 tpa of waste at 11.7 MJ/kg.

For the purposes of this calculation, Energos has assumed that the CV = 12.8 MJ/kg which would give a moisture content 20% wt and 42% wt Carbon dry waste. This yields, 140,000,000 * 0.8 * 0.42 * 44/12 = 172 480 000 kg CO2 per year, i.e. 172,000 tpa of CO2 per annum.

If you have any further enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact me,

Kind regards Jackie Nally, PPS Group On behalf of Resource Recovery Solutions (Derbyshire) Ltd