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Veolia submits planning application for Hampshire EfW facility

Veolia UK has submitted its planning application for a new energy-from-waste (EfW) facility, to be located near Alton, Hampshire, which it says will save 65,000 tonnes in carbon emissions each year.

The planning application is for an advanced EfW facility, which will utilise non-recyclable residual waste to produce power for the National Grid. The facility will have a capacity of 30 megawatts (MW), and will be continuously monitored by the Environment Agency (EA).

An artist's impression of Veolia's proposed EfW facility in Alton.
An artist's impression of Veolia's proposed EfW facility in Alton.
Aiming to contribute to the UK’s net-zero ambitions and a green recovery from Covid-19, and as part of the overall strategy in the Hampshire area to recycle more and recover more energy from waste, the new EfW facility is projected to save 65,000 tonnes in carbon emissions per year.

As well as cutting carbon emissions, the project also aims to create over 300 jobs during the construction phase and 40 permanent jobs. The new facility will also power 75,000 homes across Hampshire.

The approval of the application was preceded by a substantial period of public consultation, during which exhibitions were held in five locations across the county. A total of 600 local residents attended these exhibitions.

Veolia states that it has worked extensively with the public to finalise plans for the new facility, taking into account feedback and concerns from residents and altering the final appearance of the facility with their views in mind. The company also published a full response to the questions submitted in its Statement of Community Involvement alongside the planning application.

Commenting on the application, Richard Kirkman, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer at Veolia UK and Ireland, said: "This facility will allow Hampshire to lead the way in waste management, saving 65,000 tonnes of carbon emissions compared to landfill and delivering a 30 per cent increase in energy efficiency.

“In terms of a green recovery this represents an important investment in new clean infrastructure that will contribute towards reaching the carbon net zero target as well as providing new construction jobs and permanent local employment.”

Also on the horizon are plans for a new combined recycling facility, which would replace the Alton and Portsmouth recycling facilities and allow Hampshire’s residents to recycle plastics such as tubs, pots and trays.

You can access the final planning application on Veolia’s website