Energy from waste in the UK

With 27 million tonnes of municipal solid waste and 47 million tonnes of waste from UK businesses produced every year, there potential for growth and further investment in the energy from waste sector.

Reliable, long-term projects: the UK energy from waste market

We have long been recognised as a pioneering nation in the field of energy from waste. World leaders such as SITA, Veolia and FCC all have operations here.

The UK market is maturing, and there’s further demand for waste management infrastructure. In 2013, the renewable energy market created 6.8 billion GBP in gross value. Estimates suggest that by 2020 there will still be between 5 and 15 million tonnes of waste in the UK that needs treatment. This will require 3 to 9 billion GBP of investment.

Energy from waste: growth opportunities in the UK

There are opportunities available to grow your business given the size of the energy from waste market. From our use of conventional incineration to advanced technologies, you can expand into new markets covering the broad range of waste treatment options available here.

The market includes a variety of waste streams:

  • waste – mixed waste from either domestic premises or business
  • organic feedstock – such as food waste and green waste from food processing, farms, gardens and parks
  • commercial and industrial waste from a range of activities
  • construction and demolition waste including waste wood used at biomass facilities

The next generation of energy from waste plants will be powered by experimental technologies that produce biofuels for vehicles from organic or plastic waste.

Businesses based in the UK are developing these innovative new sources for biofuels, helping to cement our place as a fantastic base for international operations.

There is also an estimated 1 billion GBP pipeline of opportunities for community heating projects in the UK, which could be fulfilled by waste to energy and biomass projects.

Supply chain opportunities for your energy from waste business

The UK welcomes businesses that pioneer innovations in cost and efficiency when producing energy from waste. UK supply chain companies have access to high-quality equipment and a highly-skilled workforce.

Government help for renewable energy businesses in the UK

The UK has funding options to assist companies that want to develop sustainable energy facilities. These sources of funding change regularly to meet market demand and are dependent on the type of project and your location within the UK.

The UK’s UK’s Renewable Heat Incentive helps businesses meet the cost of installing renewable heat technologies.

The government also has up to 50 billion GBP available to support finance and insurance for supplies from within the UK to buyers outside the UK. This support takes the form of guarantees, insurance and loans issued by its export credit agency, UK Export Finance.