Every day Viridor takes what British homes and businesses throw away and transforms it into essential quality materials, resources and energy for customers across the UK and globally.
Viridor has some of the largest Energy Recovery Facilities (ERFs) in the UK which maximise resource efficiency from non-recyclable waste. In 2018/19, we received 6.8 million tonnes of residual waste across all of our facilities, producing enough electricity to power 738,000 homes.
Viridor already has a strong record in improving recycling rates and reducing emissions across its business. Over the last 10 years, we have saved around 7 million tonnes of CO2e through diverting waste from landfill and offsetting the emissions associated with grid power generation. But in order to reach net zero by 2050, Viridor wants to invest in the infrastructure and innovation that will enable us to go further and faster in the years ahead. Continuing to be a leader in creating a sustainable long-term future for the waste sector as a whole.
Viridor is particularly focused on how we can make our fleet of ERFs carbon neutral and then carbon negative. We are exploring the opportunity for investment in CCUS to take our business net negative and put the UK in a leading position when it comes to building a zero-carbon, truly circular economy.
To support this ambition, Viridor is the first in our sector to join the Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA). Through the CCSA, Viridor will demonstrate the potential value of CCUS across the economy and explore synergies with companies at the forefront of the very latest technological advances in CCUS. The CCSA plays a crucial role in supporting the significant work underway across Government to make CCUS projects a reality which will be crucial to ensuring ERF’s can facilitate a net zero waste sector.