enfinium proposal to decarbonise largest energy from waste site in UK designated as ‘Nationally Significant’ by UK Government

February 26, 2024 | Facility Update, News Releases
  • Carbon capture and storage (CCS) project for Ferrybridge 1 and 2 facilities designated as a ‘Project of National Significance’ by the Secretary of State for Energy Security & Net Zero.
  • Installation of CCS at enfinium site could result in over 1.2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide being captured every year, of which around 600,000 tonnes would be ‘carbon removals.’
  • The project would rapidly accelerate green economic growth and decarbonisation of West Yorkshire in line with region’s ambition to achieve Net Zero by 2038.

LONDON – enfinium, a leading UK energy from waste operator, today announces that its proposal to install carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology at its Ferrybridge energy from waste site has been directed to be a Project of National Significance by the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero.

The Ferrybridge 1 and 2 facilities in Knottingley, West Yorkshire, represent the largest energy from waste site in the UK, transforming over 1.4 million tonnes of unrecyclable waste into enough homegrown energy to power around 350,000 homes every year.

enfinium has previously announced an ambition to lead an investment of up to £800 million over the project lifecycle in CCS at Ferrybridge. Once operational, the technology would capture around 1.2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) every year, including over 600,000 tonnes of durable, high-quality carbon removals – equivalent to taking the carbon emissions of every household in Manchester out of the atmosphere.

The confirmation from the UK Government on 20th February – known as a Section 35 direction – is an important step in the planning and consenting programme for CCS at Ferrybridge, with statutory consultation due to take place later this year ahead of the submission of an application for Development Consent to the Planning Inspectorate in late 2025.

The Direction from the Secretary of State notes that the proposal “would provide and support the decarbonisation of the largest energy from waste site in the UK, with the potential to deliver over a million tonnes of CO2 savings per annum, equating to 6.5% of the government’s annual carbon capture and storage ambition.”

Mike Maudsley, CEO of enfinium said: “This designation is an important step in realising our ambition to turn Ferrybridge into one of Europe’s biggest carbon removal projects. Carbon capture at Ferrybridge will deliver jobs in the green economy, decarbonise unrecyclable waste produced across the North of England and support West Yorkshire’s plans to have a Net Zero economy by 2038.”

Paul Green, VP Business Development of enfinium, said: “Carbon capture at Ferrybridge is a critical infrastructure project for the UK. We look forward to commencing our planning and consenting programme this year and sharing our plans with West Yorkshire communities and key stakeholders.”


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Background information

1 A copy of the Direction issued by the Secretary of State can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/energy-infrastructure-development-applications-decisions.

About enfinium

enfinium is a leading UK energy from waste operator with four operational sites in the UK, in West Yorkshire, Kent and Flintshire, and two in construction. enfinium diverts 2.3 million tonnes of unrecyclable waste from climate-damaging landfill, putting it to good use by turning it into home grown energy, enough to power 500,000 UK homes. enfinium’s ambition is to transform its facilities into local ‘decarbonisation hubs’ powered by the millions of tonnes of unrecyclable waste the UK will produce for decades to come. Using existing energy from waste infrastructure, enfinium could contribute to heat networks, produce electrolytic hydrogen, or use carbon capture technology to provide durable, high quality carbon removals which will be critical for the UK to achieve net zero by 2050. For more on enfinium, please visit www.enfinium.co.uk.

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