In 2016, nearly 90 per cent of the power added to the EU’s electricity grids was from renewable sources, a clear sign of a shift away from fossil fuels.
Of the 24.5GW of new capacity built across the EU in 2016, 21.1GW (86 per cent) was made up of renewable sources such as wind, solar, biomass and hydro. This exceeded the previous high of 79 per cent in 2014.
Over half of the power (51 per cent) generated by renewable sources came from wind farms. 31.8 per cent came from solar PV and 5 per cent came from biomass.
What is biomass?
Biomass is a fuel that is developed from organic materials to create electricity or other forms of power. It is created in an anaerobic digestion (AD) plant and the natural process involves breaking down the organic matter found in wet biomass waste, such as food, in the absence of oxygen.
The biogas can be used to produce heat and electricity.
As part of a need for food manufacturers to responsibly deal with their food waste, many are sending the waste to AD plants. The demand for AD plants has resulted in an increase in the number of UK plants and has seen the percentage of renewable energy attributed to biomass increase.
Knowing where your food waste goes
Many food manufacturers use a waste management company to dispose of their waste but many often don’t consider where their waste is being taken to. Currently, around 40 per cent of all landfill content comes from food waste.
For all businesses with a high volume of waste whether they’re food manufacturers, retailers, chain restaurants and hotels; anaerobic digestion plants are a cost-effective, environmentally responsible waste management solution. The process recycles food waste, rather than it being burned or buried.
Using an AD plant to dispose of food waste can position businesses ahead of competitors in environmental responsibility – a factor that is of growing importance for consumers.
From providing specially designed storage units to prevent odours, to collections for off-site disposal, JNL offers an end to end waste solution service that is professional and friendly. For more information about the services that we offer 01933 410 789.