Energy from Waste group, enfinium, has announced an investment of up to £800 million into carbon capture and storage technology. Enfinium hopes the project will capture and store around 1.2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year, including 600,000 tonnes of carbon removals. UK Director of the Carbon Capture and Storage Association, Olivia Powis described the planned investment as marking “a critical milestone for carbon removal and clean power”.
The amount of CO2 the facility aims to remove, equates to the carbon emissions of every household in Manchester. The carbon capture and storage technology, to be installed in enfinium’s Ferrybridge facility, will also decarbonise unrecyclable waste and create over 90MW of carbon negative power.
Planning and consenting for the site shall begin next year, with the CCS technology operational by 2030. Once completed, the project will be one of Europe's largest carbon removal projects. Powis said:
For the UK to host one of Europe’s largest carbon removal projects, it demonstrates we are really leading the way in our journey towards a net zero future.
There are also benefits for West Yorkshire, where the Ferrybridge facility is located. Powis said, “enfinium's strategic vision has the potential to sustain and create good local jobs and transform the facility in West Yorkshire.” The project is set to support over 200 jobs across the supply chain and also accelerate decarbonisation in the region.
Pictured: enfinium's Ferrybridge facility.
Proposals will be put forward for financial support from the Government, through the expansion of their Track-1 scheme. Successful CCS projects will receive a grant covering the cost of operating the carbon capture technology and, for some, equipment installation costs.
Despite many efforts to reduce the amount of unrecyclable waste produced in the UK, it is believed that the UK will continue to create 17 million tonnes by 2042. CEO of enfinium, Mike Maudsley, believes that carbon capture energy is vital to minimise the damage this waste could cause to our atmosphere. He said:
To deliver a net zero carbon economy, the UK needs to find a way to produce carbon removals, or negative emissions, at scale. Installing carbon capture at our Ferrybridge site would make it one of Europe’s biggest carbon removal projects. All this while decarbonising unrecyclable waste, diverting it from climate-damaging landfill, and supporting the green economy in West Yorkshire and the wider community.
Enfinium representatives will be speaking at the Energy-from-Waste conference 6-7 March 2024. Mike Maudsley, CEO of enfinium is speaking on the Leaders' Panel. Wayne Robertson, General Counsel and Executive Committee lead for ESG, Net Zero, Policy & Regulation and Communications at Enfinium, is speaking on carbon removals and carbon trading.