Waste works for London

A £225,000 project has been launched to develop four new recycling and reprocessing plants in London to generate energy from waste.

The London Development Agency’s (LDA) Climate Change Agency and sustainable recycling company, London Remade, will identify waste projects across London and help to develop the infrastructure to produce renewable fuels to supply buildings and transport.

The project will also help implement the Mayor of London’s Climate Change Action Plan to reduce London‘s carbon output. The action plan sets the target of reducing London’s carbon emissions by 60 per cent by 2025, which is 25 years ahead of central government’s target.

According to the LDA, if all of London‘s waste that cannot be recycled and currently goes to landfill were used to generate energy, it could generate enough electricity for up to two million homes and heat for up to 625,000 homes.

The plan promotes technologies such as anaerobic digestion, which is a process where organic waste is turned into renewable gas, and gasification, instead of incineration. This uses heat to make materials like wood and paper into renewable gas. These technologies can be used to provide low carbon fuels for low and zero carbon developments and for transport.