Before it submits a planning application, SUEZ is keen to engage with local communities and their representatives to get feedback on the plans. It will be distributing information leaflets to local households and businesses over the coming days inviting the community to complete a feedback form before the consultation closes on Sunday 11 December.
The proposed carbon capture plant would benefit the environment by decarbonising the process of creating energy from the non-recyclable household waste that is treated at one of the energy-from-waste facilities at its existing site in Billingham.
It would be built on a one-hectare area of disused land on the SUEZ site in Haverton Hill and would be part of the much bigger East Coast Cluster carbon capture and storage (CCS) project.
Funding for the main East Coast Cluster pipeline for Teesside is already in place and, if approved, the main pipeline will run through SUEZ’s Haverton Hill site.
If approved, SUEZ’s new plant would ‘plug in’ to that main pipeline and will help Teesside and the UK’s drive to Net Zero. CCS has a major role to play if this is to be delivered – the Government’s Climate Change Committee has described Carbon Capture as “a necessity rather than an option to achieve Net Zero by 2050”.
Stuart Hayward-Higham, Technical Development Director for SUEZ recycling and recovery UK said:
“We are proud to have been a part of the industrial landscape here at Haverton Hill for many years and the location of the site, alongside the East Coast Cluster pipeline, makes it an ideal place to bring together energy-from-waste and carbon capture technologies".
In reference to the company's journey towards net zero, he added: "we have a clear focus on reducing the carbon footprint of managing our customers’ waste. Carbon capture technology is an important part of this journey, offering the opportunity to further decarbonise the treatment of the residual waste left after people have reused and recycled. Through projects like this, our goal is to help households, councils and business decarbonise their waste.”
To find out more about CCS, as well as to hear from John Scanlon, the CEO of Suez Recyling and Recovery UK, sign up for the 2023 EfW conference here.