Veolia Insight Edition 2

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A bright solution to meet renewable targets

As part of our COP21 commitment we are calling on UK to take biomass seriously as a renewable energy source to boost capacity to the National Grid. Throughout 2015 we were involved in extending biomass energy contracts worth over £500 million with the capacity to power 200,000 homes.

Renewable power plants offer a cost effective solution and help take the pressure off the Grid by providing it with carbon neutral green energy. Biomass energy is available 24/7 and boosts UK energy security and by 2050 it could be providing almost 20% of our primary energy provision.

Biomass energy will help the UK meet its carbon targets and environmental goals. One of the cheaper renewable energy solutions to deploy, biomass actually reduces net carbon in the atmosphere.

In 2015 we increased our biomass capacity in the UK and Ireland by over 55 megawatt electrical (MWe), which is enough to supply 73,000 homes. From this we will transform around 470,000 tonnes of waste and virgin wood into biomass to generate renewable energy and heating. In turn this will cut carbon emissions by an estimated 260,000 tonnes per year which is the equivalent to removing the emissions from around 190,000 cars.

We already manage biomass energy schemes in Chilton, Sheffield, London, Cornwall and York, and are developing expertise gained across 300 international dedicated biomass energy plants. Heat and electricity provided to industry and communities by biomass reduces the carbon footprint and energy costs for industry and communities. This improves the quality of life of social housing residents, reducing energy prices and fuel poverty. Biomass energy can also help agriculture by using the ash as a soil conditioner.

We have also recently acquired the business and assets of Boomeco Ltd, near Bristol, a move that will increase our capability to produce green fuels such as biomass and Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) for Renewable energy. This is a further part of our COP21 commitment to held the UK reduce its carbon emissions meeting the 2020 target.

Want to find out more about our business ready biomass solutions and how we can help increase your facilities energy efficiency and reduce your carbon emissions?

If you would like to find out more about biomass solutions for your business please email us.
Tackling Food Waste - What are you doing?
Food waste chef

It is estimated that we produce 15 millions tonnes of food waste a year in the UK which is primarily sent to landfill or incinerated. When we consider the cost of landfill tax of £84.40 per tonne, there is now a huge opportunity to avoid this financial impact for your business.

We can also help our environment as food  waste left to degrade in a landfill site releases methane to the atmosphere which has a global warming potential 23 times larger than that of CO2. By capturing this resource we can deliver renewable energy which lowers carbon emissions.

Harvesting and using methane can help to prevent climate change and the 15 million tonnes of food waste, if treated through anaerobic digestion to release biogas, can  deliver carbon neutral renewable energy. By digesting 1 tonne of food waste we can generate about 300 kWh of energy,  so if all the UK's domestic food waste was processed by AD, it would generate enough electricity for 350 000 households. This would make a major contribution to protecting the environment we all share, through lowered carbon emissions, and take pressure off the stretched UK electricity infrastructure.

In recent years we have seen changes in attitudes towards tackling food waste through initiatives such as WRAP’s Love Food Hate Waste campaign, more of a focus from Government due to EU directives for policy makers on food waste prevention, and influential figures such as Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's War on Waste to encourage us all to think about food differently.

However, with businesses producing over one-third (6 million tonnes) of waste in the UK, we believe that we can do more and are currently working with our customers to help them to avoid food waste going to landfill.  We are now helping customers turn their food waste into biogas through Anaerobic Digestion. This biogas can be fed to the mains gas grid or used on a site to produce electricity and heat for manufacturers and communities. Not only does this benefit you by avoiding the cost of landfill, it adds to your sustainability credentials.

It really doesn’t matter how little an amount of food waste you produce, we can provide an appropriate container and offer collections to suit your business need. If you have larger volumes of food waste we can also manage renewable energy solutions that turn this waste into a resource - lowering your exposure to energy price fluctuations and cutting your carbon footprint.

So if you are a business who generates food waste, either from a canteen or restaurant service or maybe your business produces food for customers, get in touch with us on 0345 606 0460 or contact your account manager to discuss tackling your food waste together.
Be aware, be Sleepsafe in 2016

Every night some 3,000 people in the UK sleep rough. In recent years an alarming number of rough sleepers have been killed or seriously injured, after sheltering in waste containers. 

To raise awareness and try to stop these preventable accidents we have created the Sleepsafe film.  You may wish to share with your colleagues and employees.
Listening to your feedback
Commercial newsletter feedback

We have recently completed our annual Customer Satisfaction Survey which sampled over 1,000 customers. 

Covering a range of subjects including: service reliability, customer service, communication, innovation and value for money. You gave us a satisfaction score of 77%.
Commercial Waste Customers Satisfaction Survey 2015
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TEEP One Year on - What’s the impact?

Just over a year ago, the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2012, commonly known as TEEP, was introduced to commercial recycling collections across Europe. Aimed at improving the quality of recyclate produced and distributed for reuse, lets take a look at how the legislation has impacted upon the UK.

The regulations state where Technically, Economically and Environmentally Practicable (TEEP), recycling should be collected as single streams and it is the waste management organisations responsibility to determine where this is applicable. 

After listening to our customers and their needs we are maintaining our co-mingled Dry Mixed Recycling (DMR) collections. To improve the quality of these materials, we introduced a simple specification detailing those materials that could be collected in the 'Mixed Recycling' containers; these materials include paper, card, cans and plastic bottles (glass is excluded from mixed collections). Single material collections (e.g. cardboard) are seen as more economically and environmentally viable under the regulation. This is because they need less processing following collection. Following consultation with customers, a significant number have swapped their mixed recycling collections to single material collections for card, paper, plastics or glass. In some circumstances customers have more than one material collected separately for example, some pubs have a collection of glass from dedicated containers/bins and cardboard from different containers.

So, one year on, how have the TEEP regulations impacted upon your business?

We hope that TEEP has made recycling much easier for you. Previously, the smallest of regional differences in processing capabilities meant that recycling specifications differed from region to region.  By applying a standard specification, wherever your business is located in the UK, you know exactly what items can and cannot be recycled. 

Following a waste analysis exercise, we may have recommended that you adopt a single stream recycling solution. This should have made recycling even easier for you by using dedicated container.

We have developed a suite of supporting material to help you to better understand TEEP and the DMR specification.  We believe that we have a responsibility to make recycling as simple as possible for you and your employees, turning it from a conscious activity, to something we just do.  

If you require further information or support call 0345 606 0460 or contact your Veolia Account Manager.
Improving your online experience - How are we doing?

We are working to improve our customer website experience and we are keen to hear your thoughts.

Tell us how we can make it easier for you to find what you are looking for, contact us or do business with us. We have recently added new features to the website and would welcome your comments. Please take part in our short online survey to help us provide an improved online service.
Hazardous Premises Registration Changes

On the 1st of March, the government abolished the requirement for hazardous waste producers in England to notify their premises with the Environment Agency.

If this change effects you and you didn't manage to join our Premises Registration webinar recently, click on the link below to watch the recording.

If you would like to be informed of future webinars email
Ray Parmenter, Veolia's Regulatory Affairs Director, discusses the changes to the Premises Regisration regulations.
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