Veolia and Carbon Clean announce first carbon capture trials


Carbon capture technology is being positioned as the way forward in terms of reducing the impact of carbon on the environment.

But what is it, what benefits does it offer and how is Veolia getting involved?

What is carbon capture?

Carbon capture technology allows carbon dioxide to be extracted from emissions and then compressed and/or liquified. It can then either be used in industrial applications or can be pumped into underground stores, such as those under the North Sea. This helps to reduce the amount of CO2 released into the environment and promotes a carbon circular economy.


Veolia's partnership with Carbon Clean

Alongside Carbon Clean, a global leader in low-cost carbon capture technology who we have been working with for the past four years, we are working on a project which will see us become the UK's first operator of Energy Recovery Facilities (ERFs) which utilise this technology.

The latest Carbon Clean application is significantly smaller than other technologies, making it suitable to be retrofitted into ERFs to enable carbon dioxide to be extracted from combustion flue gas emissions.

Energy recovery is an important source of renewable, sustainable energy and a vital link in the waste management chain. Veolia’s energy recovery facilities (ERFs) complement integrated local waste strategies, helping to meet recovery and carbon emission targets.

What will be the benefit of this?

Veolia currently operates ten ERFs that take around 2.3 million tonnes of non-recyclable waste and transform this into electricity for over 400,000 homes, taking pressure off the electrical grid and avoiding the use of fossil fuels. The project to enable the capture and storage of CO2 emissions from the process will enable ERFs to contribute further towards the circular economy.

The carbon captured by the new applications will either be stored permanently, or used in greenhouses to boost plant growth; in the production of building materials such as concrete; in the production of organic chemicals that make up solvents, synthetic rubber and plastics, and more.

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This project marks another significant step forward for the industry by making it possible for Energy Recovery Facilities to contribute to the environment through lowering carbon and delivering landfill diversion, grid resilience, district heating and carbon capture. By using the potential of non-recyclable waste to generate energy and support communities, we can power the low carbon cities of the future.
Gavin Graveson
Executive Vice President of UK and Ireland

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