Energy From Waste
Modern plants are not like the incinerators of old. They burn non-recyclable waste cleanly and completely and conform to strict EU standards for emissions, producing heat and electricity.
Modern energy from waste plants are commonly used throughout northern Europe and other countries and are considered utility plants alongside other power stations. For example, Sweden has 32 energy from waste plants, all of them creating heat or power for local communities through district heat networks. In Scotland there are currently two operational plants; one in Lerwick, Shetland, has been operating since 1998. The power produced from its network heats homes and businesses all over Lerwick. In 2013, the 1,200th home was connected to the Lerwick district heat network. More information on this successful project can be found at www.sheap-ltd.co.uk
In Aberdeen, the energy from waste plant to service the Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council and Moray Council areas will be connected to a district heat network in East Tullos which will heat homes in the nearby Torry area.
The areas of Seaton, Tillydrone, Hazlehead, and Stockethill in Aberdeen already have district heat networks and residents' home energy bills have reduced by an average of 50% compared to the previous electric heating systems. The first of the existing schemes was set up in 2002. This and the other schemes set up since then now provides heat to 2,350 flats in 33 multi storey blocks and 15 public buildings. Additionally, carbon emissions from these buildings have reduced by 45%. More information on the existing district heat networks in Aberdeen can be found at www.aberdeenheatandpower.co.uk.