In Poznan, Poland, waste is turned into heat and power to replace coal as a source of energy

In 2012, the City of Poznan decided to build a waste-to-energy facility. The objectives were to meet EU standards of landfill diversion, replace coal by waste as a source of energy for the local district heating system, and achieve long-term cost predictability. The fifth largest city in Poland decided to procure the project through a 25-year Public-Private Partnership to tap into the financial and technical capabilities of specialized investors and operators. SUEZ is the partner chosen by Poznań to deliver this first waste PPP in Poland.
The mission

Poznań: first Public-Private Partnership for waste recovery

The city of Poznań, the 5th largest in Poland produces about 250,000 tons of municipal solid waste per year. Although recycling strongly develops among residents and businesses, a substantial part of the waste ended up in landfills until the City decided to find a long-term, reliable solution and use the potential of residual waste as a source of energy.

The new facility should be designed to produce power and heat delivered to the City’s district heating network, thus reducing the dependency on coal as a source of energy.

of waste to be treated per year 
inhabitants in Poznań and 9 suburban communities.
Our solution

Turn waste into energy.

Energy from waste: a new resource

The Energy-from-Waste facility processes non-recyclable waste collected in the City of Poznan and several neighboring communities. By using a high-efficiency turbine and a connection to the district heating network, the plant can deliver both power (up to 18 MW) and heat (up to 34 MW) depending on the demand of the district heating network.


A Public-Private Partnership combined with EU cohesion funds to optimise the project funding

The City of Poznań decided to undertake the project in the form of a public-private partnership, where the private partner shall ensure the financing, construction and long-term operation of the facility in exchange for a remuneration subject to the plant’s performance. Under this model, the City could spare its borrowing capacity while keeping a close control on the delivery of the services and plainly tapping into the efficiency of the private sector. The €170 million PPP project was also structured to benefit from EU cohesion funds in the form of an €82 million investment subsidy, thus reducing the final cost for the end-users. In December 2012, following a one-year competitive dialogue, the City of Poznan awarded the project and signed a 25-year design, build, finance and operation contract with SUEZ Zielona Energia, a joint venture of SUEZ Poland and the 2020 European Fund for Energy, Climate Change and Infrastructure – the “Marguerite” investment fund.

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The results

A local source of renewable energy

The Poznan Energy-from-Waste facility was commissioned in 2016 as a result of the first PPP in the waste sector in Poland.

Thanks to the combination of EU funding and the operational efficiency of SUEZ, the plant allows Poznan to secure one of the most cost-effective waste management systems in Poland. The power produced covers the consumption of 120,000 inhabitants.

The facility is regularly open to the public and was already visited by more than 4,000 people who could better understand its role in the waste management system.
in annual revenues
of the city's district heating needs covered
of the electricity produced certified renewable by Green Certificates
of incineration bottom ashes recovered in road and civil works