Fifty Six Million Pounds Invested In Renewable Energy By Yorkshire Water
Yorkshire Water has managed to reduce their carbon footprint by 15,000 tonnes (the equivalent of enough gas to inflate over 3,000 hot-air balloons) in a move which has seen 56 million pounds dedicated to its treatment sites.
This has led Yorkshire Water to increase its renewable energy generation to 80% and also involved the production of 75 gigawatt hours this year alone.
£33 million and £23 million have been allocated to Esholt waste water treatment works in Bradford and Blackburn Meadows treatment works in Sheffield and further sums have also been entrusted into improving facilities at other sites.
The renewable energy has been produced by a system which captures biofuel through extracting methane gas as it processes sludge at Yorkshire water’s top 11 treatment sites. An amazing 97,000 tonnes of sludge has passed through it’s facilities this year, a rise of 48 per cent from 2013. Incineration of sludge has also been reduced by improvements made at the facilities and savings are also expected to be made across Yorkshire Water’s sites as energy costs decline.
Richard Flint, Yorkshire Water’s CEO commented “This is a big step in the right direction for us; not only are we reducing our impact on the environment but also cutting down on power costs at the same time. “Our investment in state-of-the-art sites like Blackburn Meadows and Esholt will also stand us in good stead for decades to come.”