UK Infrastructure Projects /
Sustainable, integrated recycling and renewable energy schemes
are urgently required in the UK if we are to make the transition to
a low carbon economy. Presently, schemes like this typically rely
on PFI contracts and on single technologies (usually simple
incineration), which are problematic and create by-products
requiring further treatment.
Aeternum's Energy Parks, a common concept in Northern Europe and
Scandinavia, are a fully integrated facility to completely
eliminate the need for landfill, taking the materials that would be
buried and turning them into either re-useable products or energy
and heating for local industry and homes.
The Energy Park brings together recycling and biomass renewable
energy creation, firstly separating materials, then creating green
electricity, re-useable heat and output products through material
Aeternum is committed to a complete recycling and
remanufacturing process at Castleford and this would be the first,
sustainable, zero-waste, low carbon Energy Park of its kind in the
In total the UK produces about 330 million tonnes of waste a
year, a quarter of which is from homes and business.
Aeternum's vision for its Energy Parks is a commitment to
deliver community-led solutions to waste in an integrated,
innovative, and sustainable way. Our sites are typically of a
'regional scale' and offer significant regeneration opportunities
through private investment and skilled long term employment for its
60% of waste materials are recycled in Germany, Switzerlandand
the Netherlands compared to only 20% in the UK.
The energy saved by recycling one aluminium drink can is enough
to run a television for three hours.
The energy needed to make batteries is 50 times greater than the
energy they give out.
Biodegradable material decomposing in landfill generates 40% of
the UK's methane emissions and 3% of all the UK's greenhouse gas
If you recycle an aluminium can, you use 20 times less energy
than if you created a new one.
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