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    Waste underdog drives change towards net zero future

    By Travis Benn  – (4 min read)

    For years, landfill sites were seen as the only option for municipal solid waste. Now, although landfill quite rightly sits at the bottom of the waste hierarchy, it is still a globally viable waste solution. Aside from its role in disposing of solid waste, it is also contributing to the renewable energy market, which has become increasingly important in tackling climate change.

     
     

    Landfill gas is a natural by-product of the decomposition of organic material. Because the gas is mainly made up of methane and carbon dioxide, if it is released into the atmosphere, it can have a devastating effect on a planet already under pressure. Capturing landfill gas to feed into the electricity grid is standard practice in the UK, but the industry is also seeing new innovation.

    Innovative system transforms landfill gas into transport fuels

    One of the country’s leading waste management firms Viridor announced in November that it was investing a whopping £2 million in a gas clean-up system which transforms landfill gas into transport fuels while also capturing CO2. 

    Viridor will work with Dutch company CarbonOrO to deliver the project at its Dunbar landfill site in Scotland.

    How does the clean-up system work?

    In the system, landfill gas is extracted from the ground, where it then undergoes a stripping process to upgrade the methane into fuel-grade biomethane and a temperature regeneration process to enable the capture of carbon dioxide and other contaminants.  

    All of this can be done in a ‘matter of minutes’, representing a huge potential for the renewable energy market. The biomethane can then be put into the gas grid, used as a gaseous transportation fuel or use in liquid gas applications. 

    What will happen to the fuel produced?

    Once the site is up and running, Viridor will use the fuel to power its own fleet of waste collection vehicles, as well as building supply agreements with filling stations.

    The process will also see the carbon dioxide captured used in agriculture, chemical and manufacturing processes. 

    How much carbon could this fuel save?

    The Dunbar landfill site is currently producing 2,500m3/hr of gas, which Viridor predicts can create transport fuel for 34,000 truck miles per year. This is equivalent to a carbon saving of 380 tonnes a year compared to diesel. The process will also use heat from Viridor’s existing energy recovery facility representing a closed-loop, efficient service.

    The plant will be installed soon, with commissioning taking place this summer. If commercially successful, Viridor plans to roll out the technology across the rest of its landfill sites.

    Showing commitment during uncertain times

    Viridor’s announcement comes at an uncertain time in environmental policy. Incentives set by government to encourage best practice, such as the landfill gas renewable obligation certificates (ROCs), are due to come to an end in 2026/7, so it has become essential for businesses to develop these processes regardless of government support.  

    Viridor’s financial backing in what it believes to be the world’s first gas clean-up site is an exciting sign of a resource industry ready for a net zero future.

    For further information, please contact:

    Travis Benn

    Co-Founder

    0203 375 6144

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    Campaigns that punch above their weight

    By Freccia Benn  – (3 min read)

    Local authorities face many challenges. The public sector employs 5.36 million people, and aside from the day-to-day issues that arise from employing such large numbers of staff, councils are also tasked with operating all kinds of services and facilities, from schools and leisure centres, to recycling services and home care

    In recent years, budget cuts have placed great pressure on local authorities as they work to maintain the same level of service with reduced funding from central government. In recycling departments, officers are looking for ways to retain the best environmental outcomes while making the required cuts and, in some cases, funded industry programmes have helped to soften the blow.

    The MetalMatters programme, for example, helps to drive income to councils through the value of waste metals. The initiative is funded by the metal packaging and recycling industry and leading brand owners and operated by Alupro. It gives local authorities access to communications materials which educate householders about metal packaging recycling and encourages them to recycle more at home.

    The campaign is subsidised by programme funders and gives councils the resources to launch local programmes. It consists of two leaflet drops, typically six weeks apart, which inform and remind householders about what and how to recycle, and explain what happens to metal packaging after it is collected. The materials are tailored to fit with existing local authority or waste partnership-branded campaigns and focus on simple-to-understand messages and clear visuals which can be applied to a variety of media channels and tailored to suit local budgets.

    Thanks to the value of the additional metal packaging collected, the campaign pays for itself in just a few months, and helps to reinvigorate recycling, where rates are starting to plateau.

    In 2019, MetalMatters reached 157,000 households across the UK. The campaign in partnership with Orkney Islands Council helped offset the cost of providing waste disposal services costing £4,500 over 18 months.

    As Britain’s smallest local authority, and one with its own unique geographical issues, Orkney faces unusual logistical issues for the collection of recycling. The programme resulted in an increased capture rate of 13.5 tonnes of aluminium and steel packaging over a year, an uplift of more than 19 per cent from kerbside collections, and 44.5 per cent at the island’s five household waste and recycling centres.

    It has been well-documented that single material recycling campaigns punch above their weight, providing a boost to all recycling streams. At a time when resources are stretched, the industry needs to pull together to ensure that recycling levels are sustained, and councils supported to achieve optimum results, within budget.

    For further information, please contact:

    Freccia Benn

    Co-Founder

    0203 876 0324

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    Biodegradable ban

    By Freccia Benn  – (4 min read)

    Since it was first introduced, the Landfill Tax Escalator has played a major role in reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill. Twenty-three years later, the mood has shifted and governments are now considering a move that would have been unthinkable even 10 years ago – a ban on biodegradable waste sent to landfill.

     
     

    Aside from the wider goal of keeping waste out of landfill, the ban is expected to contribute to the country’s strategy on carbon emissions. The Committee on Climate Change recently called for a ban on all biodegradable waste sent to landfill by 2025, if the UK is to reach its target of net zero emissions by 2050. Scotland has gone a step further, with legislation already in place for a ban in 2021.

    Despite the many positive impacts that a ban would bring, Scotland is facing pressure to demonstrate that there is enough capacity in place to deal with the extra waste that will be diverted from landfills across the country. It is expected that quantities of that waste will be crossing the border for processing in England.

    When it comes to landfill gas, the picture is complicated. Sites with gas extraction equipment tend to operate for long periods of time so, for example, the oldest known site opened for business in 1947 and began producing electricity in 1987. The site closed in 1990 but still produces electricity to this day.

    It takes around three to six months before waste added to a landfill starts to break down to produce landfill gas. It will then continue to be productive for the next 20 years before the volume of gas starts to decline.

    If the influx of material suddenly stalls, the expected renewable energy income will also come to a halt. For the companies that have installed high tech equipment based on a projection of a reasonable income, the prospect of a ban on biodegradable waste could be a daunting one.

    The impact of the introduction of a ban might be felt within six months. Not only could it reduce the volume of landfill electricity produced each year; it might also limit the total number of years that the landfill site would continue to produce electricity.

    To gain a clear picture, each site would need to be analysed individually. Although this may sound like a formidable task, well-managed sites should be checking outputs, projections and agreements on a regular basis. For land owners the benefits are clear – they need to ensure that they are receiving the correct level of royalties for hosting the equipment on their sites. However, with an impending ban, it is also important for landfill gas equipment operators to ensure that they are not expected to pay royalties on income that has been reduced as volumes of waste fall.

    The outlook for the future is complex. Reducing biodegradable waste to landfill is an important step but it could be argued that, where landfill gas is in place, genuine value is being created.

    For further information, please contact:

    Freccia Benn

    Co-Founder

    0203 876 0324

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    • “We don’t have comparable leases in renewable energy meaning there are few examples to draw from, so it’s always good to have checks and balances in place. We would recommend Accounting for Energy for their diligence.”

       

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    • “The information provided by the turbine owner seemed to be comprehensive. The issue comes with knowing if all the data is complete and the audit was able to identify areas that we should have been receiving royalties on.”

       

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    • “I worked with Travis on a set of arbitral proceedings to recover unpaid royalties on behalf of the landowners of a large renewable energy site. I was very inspired by his passion for his industry and his tireless commitment to getting the best results.”

       

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    • “Travis is the go-to person for renewable energy landowner royalty payments. He gets into the details of a case, and is very tenacious in identifying and recovering any monies owed to landowners.”

       

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    • “I would recommend Accounting for Energy because they are clearly experts in this area, and they were good to work with. It was an easy
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    Before Accounting for Energy, Freccia was a successful entrepreneur in the healthcare space. When Travis told her about the challenges in the renewables sector, she was convinced that they could use their combined expertise to help landowners.

    Fuelled by her passion for business and making a difference to landowners, Freccia then developed her ideas for Accounting for Energy’s services, strategy and pricing in a way that would best serve their clients.

    She is now responsible for all the business’ operational activities and client services, and her passion for helping landowners in the UK continues to drive her work.

     

     

    “With the threat of climate change to our planet looming, my mission is to develop a business that helps build the infrastructure of the renewable energy market. I also want to make sure those who are invested in it receive fair returns. As this is still a new industry, we are able to help to avoid the pitfalls of other more established industries and by doing so, help the wider green economy.”

     

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    • “The information provided by the turbine owner seemed to be comprehensive. The issue comes with knowing if all the data is complete and the audit was able to identify areas that we should have been receiving royalties on.”

       

      Ben Ardern

      Financial Controller, Dewlay Cheesemakers

    • “I worked with Travis on a set of arbitral proceedings to recover unpaid royalties on behalf of the landowners of a large renewable energy site. I was very inspired by his passion for his industry and his tireless commitment to getting the best results.”

       

      Sarah Bishop,

      Commercial Disputes Solicitor

    • “Travis is the go-to person for renewable energy landowner royalty payments. He gets into the details of a case, and is very tenacious in identifying and recovering any monies owed to landowners.”

       

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    • ““I would recommend Accounting for Energy because they are clearly experts in this area, and they were good to work with. It was an easy
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      CEO, Dewlay Cheesemakers


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      Exeter

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      Durham

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      Peterborough

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      Cumbria

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      Devon

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    • “In every instance Accounting for Energy have identified and recovered shortfalls in rent for my clients. Not only do the landowners receive back payments but they are also keen to show developers that they are being held to account.”

       

      Chris Thyer MRICS FAAV

      Land Agent, GSC Grays

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    • “We don’t have comparable leases in renewable energy meaning there are few examples to draw from, so it’s always good to have checks and balances in place. We would recommend Accounting for Energy for their diligence.”

       

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      Property Co-ordinator, Bath and Wells Diocese, Church of England

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    • “The information provided by the turbine owner seemed to be comprehensive. The issue comes with knowing if all the data is complete and the audit was able to identify areas that we should have been receiving royalties on.”

       

      Ben Ardern

      Financial Controller, Dewlay Cheesemakers

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    • “I worked with Travis on a set of arbitral proceedings to recover unpaid royalties on behalf of the landowners of a large renewable energy site. I was very inspired by his passion for his industry and his tireless commitment to getting the best results.”

       

      Sarah Bishop,

      Commercial Disputes Solicitor

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      Chartered accountant, solicitor and practicing arbitrator

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      CEO, Dewlay Cheesemakers

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