Offering Suffolk residents in the UK a waste recovery solution that is both attractive and economical
When in 2010 the county of Suffolk decided to appoint a specialist to design, build and operate a household waste-to-energy unit, SUEZ proposed a PPP project. An ideal solution as Suffolk aimed to be the greenest county in the UK and this arrangement lightened its own financial contribution to the project. Last but not least, architectural quality meets energy recovery!
Successful private finance initiative in Suffolk
An economical, environmentally-sound solution
Leading edge waste to energy
SUEZ designed, built and financed the waste to energy plant in Suffolk and continues to operate it. The unit has been operational since 2015.
Instead of being stocked, waste is incinerated and the energy produced by combustion is used to generate electricity and heat, which are consumed locally. In this way energy production from waste contributes to the circular economy.
An economical alternative for the county authorities
- Under the private finance initiative, the local authorities did not have to provide funding for the project, as £1 billion of private investment was secured.
- Waste to energy is a smart alternative to a costly landfill solution.
- The solution implemented saves the public coffers £350 million over the 25 years of the contract.
Harmonious integration into the environment
It was essential to ensure the plant was harmoniously integrated into the environment. SUEZ worked with international architects Grimshaw. They produced leading edge architecture with a unique layout and seamless integration into the surrounding environment.