Why should we have an ERF?
It is important that we do everything we can to prevent waste and to recycle as much as possible of the waste which is created. The residual waste that is left after recycling should be used to recover energy. This is the waste hierarchy that is part of the Welsh Government’s waste policy. i.e;
- preparing for re-use;
- other recovery, e.g. energy recovery; and
The ERF will use waste as a fuel to generate low carbon heat and power (electricity) helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by offsetting other CO2 generating sources.
The ERF will divert up to 100,000 tonnes of non-recyclable (residual) waste produced locally away from landfill sites, reducing emissions of methane, a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than CO2.
The ERF could enable local authorities to access Welsh Government subsidies for renewable energy and reduce carbon emissions, releasing funds that would today be used for waste services, be made available to help towards other valuable services provided by local councils
The ERF will contribute towards the Welsh Government’s overarching Waste Strategy ‘Towards Zero Waste’
The ERF will act as the anchor development for an eco-business park, as part of the wider development proposed at the site by the quarry owners
The ERF will generate around 9MW of power to the national grid and/or local businesses, enough to power around 8,000 homes.
The development will enable continued use of a local industrial asset. It would provide some 100-150 jobs during the two-year construction period and 30 permanent jobs once the ERF is operational. In addition during operation there will be opportunities for (indirect) employment (plant maintenance, haulage, cleaning, landscape maintenance etc). and local businesses are likely to enjoy additional custom and economic benefits during both the construction and operational periods.
Broad Energy (Wales) Limited will positively encourage the employment of local people.
Broad Energy (Wales) Ltd will create a biodiversity area around the existing geological site of special scientific interest (SSSI), which is located within the quarry.