Why is waste to energy important?
We all know that environmental responsibility is vital to protecting our planet’s future, so at Re-Gen we’re proud to be doing our bit with our WtE (waste to energy) plant that creates energy from waste which would otherwise be sent to landfill. But just why is waste to energy important? There’s so much more to it than just satisfying environmental objectives and energy goals. In this blog post we’ll take a look at the reasons why, and how we go about contributing to longer term environmental responsibility.
What is waste to energy?
Waste to energy is the process of creating energy (that can be used as heat or electricity) from waste materials, more commonly called municipal solid waste (MSW). This treatment is a form of energy recovery, and the process actually helps to minimise waste too. What cannot be used in energy recovery will be sent to landfill.
What are the benefits of waste to energy?
There are many benefits to WtE which is why it is such an important process. These include:
- Diverting waste that would be sent to landfill reduces the amount of greenhouse gases and carbon emissions released into the atmosphere
- Less waste in landfill lowers risks of soil contamination, which could further endanger wildlife and harm water sources
- The energy derived is a partly renewable energy source, which contributes to renewable energy targets
- Reduces the need for additional fuel sources, as this form of energy can also be used alongside wind and solar for sustainable energy solutions
- Reduces the dependency on energy imports and the environmental cost of transporting that energy to our country if we can generate our own from our own waste materials
What is the future for waste to energy?
Energy from waste is a hot topic at the minute in the fight against climate change, so it’s role in promoting longer term environmental responsibility is only going get more significant. Governments and councils are constantly faced with energy targets and we need more innovative ways of dealing with waste in our throwaway society.
Obviously, the most practical outcome for processing WtE would be to be able to refine the machinery and equipment to such a tight level so that smaller and smaller waste streams could be processed, and in doing so continue to shrink the amount of waste sent to landfill. At Re-Gen we are continually making developments with our technology, thanks to our dedicated engineering and R&D team, who promote continuous improvement and make efficiencies with our recycling processes wherever they can.