Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility starts low carbon heat delivery18 March 2020

The Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility (RERF), operated by Veolia on behalf of Leeds City Council, has begun delivering low carbon heat for local homes.

Developed by Veolia, the RERF, which manages Leeds’ black bag waste, is said to have been built with latest energy recovery technology.

The facility is designed to recover recyclable materials from the waste and use what is left to generate low carbon heat and hot water, through a new district heating network, and electricity for the local grid.

Officially opened in November 2016, the 14 MWe RERF site is aiming to help Leeds become a zero waste city. It will initially supply heat for 1,983 council homes and enough electricity for 22,000 homes. The start of the low carbon heat supply marks the 600th district heating scheme that Veolia supports across the world.

Richard Kirkman, chief technology and innovation officer at Veolia, says: "District heating is a key strategy that will drive heat decarbonisation and help reduce CO2 emissions across the UK. With this innovative facility, Leeds is a shining example of a circular economy hub that transforms unrecyclable black bin waste into an important energy source that benefits local communities. By connecting it to the district heating network, it further boosts sustainability, and cuts carbon emissions for the city."

Adam Offord

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