Case Study: Covanta’s Sustainable Alternative to Landfilling
Rookery South Energy Recovery Facility
Covanta has partnered with the Green Investment Group (GIG) and Veolia to develop the Rookery South Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) in Bedfordshire, England, representing a major milestone in Covanta’s U.K. development plan.
The facility—currently in the construction phase—represents a sustainable alternative to landfilling in the local community by using post-recycled household, commercial and non-hazardous industrial residual waste as fuel to generate clean electricity. Once complete, it will have the capacity to process 545,000 metric tons of residual waste per year while generating more than 60 megawatts of low carbon electricity for the national grid, powering the equivalent of more than 112,500 homes for one year.
During the three-year construction period, more than 300 jobs will be created and the local supply chain will be tapped for goods and services as much as possible. Once operations begin in 2022, Covanta and its partners are committed to contributing back to the local community near the facility through a targeted engagement plan. This includes developing a Community Trust Fund, a dedicated Woodland Creation Fund to support local tree plantings and the Rookery South Community Energy Initiative (RSCEI), through which Covanta will contribute 10 percent of the electricity costs of every household that qualifies to participate.