New technologies to recover energy from waste
The Victorian Andrews Labor Government has released a discussion paper on converting waste to energy to support the development of new technologies, including anaerobic digestion and thermal treatment of waste.
Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Action Lily D’Ambrosio released the paper on 26 October during a visit to Shepparton, where she also announced five grants from the $2.38 million Waste to Energy Infrastructure Fund.
“Waste to energy technologies have the potential to reduce our reliance on landfill, boost our economy and better protect Victoria’s environment,” D’Ambrosio says.
The grants will help businesses and water corporations upgrade waste management practices and support projects that will deliver almost one megawatt of renewable energy capacity per annum. D’Ambrosio says, “The recipients of our Waste to Energy Infrastructure grants will be upgrading their waste management practices, diverting waste from landfill and reducing their energy costs.”
- Western Region Water Corporation will receive $802,784 to collect organic waste material and generate energy;
- Diamond Valley Pork will receive $284,929 to install an anaerobic digester to improve waste management and generate energy and nutrient rich digestate;
- East Gippsland Region Water Corporation will receive $209,765 to enhance an existing bio-digester to process septic tank waste, food waste, fats, oils and greases;
- Nestle Australia will receive $182,510 to create a system where organic waste from starch-based soft confectionery is used for bioenergy; and
- Resource Resolution will receive $900,000 to help it build an anaerobic digester to divert local commercial food waste and other organics from landfill.
The emissions saved through this program is equivalent to removing 16,500 cars from the road or the energy consumption of 7000 homes.
The Waste to Energy Infrastructure Fund was announced in the 2016 State Budget as part of the Government’s Climate Change innovation and Jobs Initiative.
The Government welcomes feedback on the program, and Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes says, “We want to hear from Victorian businesses and communities about what they consider to be the right role for waste to energy technologies in Victoria.”
Feedback received on the discussion paper will help inform the Labor Government’s development of a waste to energy policy, to be released in 2018.
The discussion paper is available to read at engage.vic.gov.au.
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