Incinerators

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 12th December 2017.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much electricity was consumed by incinerators in (a) 2015 and (b) 2016; and how much (i) CO2 and (ii) CO2e was emitted as a result of that consumption in each of those years.

Photo of Richard Harrington Richard Harrington Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) does not hold data on electricity consumption at this level of disaggregation; however, for calculating the UK energy balance we estimate that on average sites generating electricity (including combined heat and power schemes) from waste use approximately 10 per cent of electricity generated for their own use.

Estimated electricity consumed for own use by sites generating electricity from waste(1)(2), 2015-16

Consumption (GWh)

2015

2016

Electricity consumed for own use

520

550

(1) Based on data from DUKES table 6.4, available at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/renewable-sources-of-energy-chapter-6-digest-of-united-kingdom-energy-statistics-dukes

(2) Biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste. Non-biodegradable waste includes the non-biodegradable part of municipal solid waste plus waste tyres, hospital waste and general industrial waste.

Using emission conversion factors published by BEIS(3), estimated emissions for own use by sites generating electricity from waste were:

2015

2016

CO2 emissions from electricity consumed for own use (million tonnes of carbon dioxide)

0.181

0.192

CO2e emissions from electricity consumed for own use (million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent)

0.183

0.193

(3) Emission conversion factors are available at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/government-conversion-factors-for-company-reporting

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