enfinium welcomes first rail delivery of waste to Yorkshire facility

July 8, 2024 | Facility Update, News Releases
  • Rail deliveries expand the reach of Ferrybridge 1 and 2, lower transport emissions by around 76% and reduce road congestion.
  • With an active railhead, enfinium could also transport captured CO2 out of Ferrybridge by train, as part of plans to deploy Carbon Capture and Storage technology at the plant.
First delivery of waste to Ferrybridge

enfinium, a leading UK energy from waste operator, has received its first waste delivery by train at its Ferrybridge site in West Yorkshire this week. This milestone expands the area that enfinium’s Ferrybridge 1 and 2 facilities can receive unrecyclable waste from, reduces road traffic and lowers transport emissions. The trial also highlights the potential for using rail freight to connect the plant to a Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) cluster, offering an alternative to pipeline connections.

The rail delivery trial was conducted in collaboration with industry partner, SUEZ recycling and recovery UK, and rail freight and logistics company, Freightliner. Over the course of the weekend around 700 tonnes of household waste delivered to Ferrybridge using pre-existing railhead infrastructure linking back to the site’s heritage as a coal-fired power station.

Using rail freight now enables enfinium’s Ferrybridge site to take more unrecyclable waste from across the North of England, diverting it away from climate damaging landfill. In addition, waste delivery by rail can provide significant environmental benefits. Rail freight reduces road traffic and this delivery alone displaced around 40 waste trucks. It also produces on average 76% lower emissions per freight tonne-kilometre compared to road freight.1 enfinium has committed to reach net zero across its operations by 2033, as outlined in its Net Zero Transition Plan.

This delivery also marks a significant step for enfinium’s CCS and carbon removal plans. In addition to reducing enfinium’s operating emissions, active rail infrastructure opens up the possibility that enfinium can connect to one of the UK’s emerging CCS clusters by rail, rather than pipeline.

enfinium’s Net Zero Transition Plan also sets out the business’s plans to deploy CCS technology across all its sites, backed by a £1.7 billion investment programme. With CCS, enfinium would generate 1.2 million tonnes of high-quality carbon removals each year. Achieving this goal requires effective transport and storage infrastructure for captured CO2. For Ferrybridge 1 and 2, rail has now been established as a feasible transport option that could connect enfinium to the East Coast Cluster or similar storage infrastructure.

Ferrybridge is the largest energy from waste plant in the UK, diverting up to 1.45 million tonnes of waste from landfill and generating 170 MW of energy, enough to power 340,000 homes per annum.

Dr Jane Atkinson CBE, Chief Operating Officer at enfinium, said: “I am delighted that this trial has connected Ferrybridge to the UK’s rail network for the first time. I am grateful for the support of SUEZ and Freightliner in enabling us to achieve this step. It has opened up a range of opportunities for the business to help local authorities around the UK divert their unrecyclable waste away from climate damaging landfill.

“Rail transport is a critical part of our plans to transform our Ferrybridge site into a decarbonisation hub. Not only will greater use of rail reduce our emissions, it marks an important milestone for our carbon capture deployment plans. Transporting CO2 by rail to a coastal cluster for permanent storage offshore is one of the ways we can accelerate the decarbonisation of this strategically important site and help the West Yorkshire region achieve its 2038 Net Zero target.

Daniel Carolan from SUEZ said:This is an exciting opportunity for SUEZ, and it builds on the significant experience we’ve gained moving waste by trains elsewhere in the country. Transporting waste by rail helps to reduce road traffic and produces significantly lower emission compared to transporting it by road.

It was great to work with enfinium and Freightliner to make this delivery a reality and see the first waste delivery by train to Ferrybridge. More opportunities to move waste by train allows the industry to think differently about how waste is transported and disposed of.

Ed Wilson, Commercial Director at Freightliner, commented: “We are delighted to be involved in this important and first of its kind trial alongside enfinum and SUEZ. Freightliner’s ability to build strong, long-standing relationships with our customers allows us to deliver reliable and safe services. This trial showcases the importance of the development of rail across the UK and beyond in order to support and help achieve key sustainability targets, remove traffic from our busy road network and to support moving more volume by rail.”


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1 “Future of Freight: a long-term plan”, Department for Transport, June 2022, available here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/62b9a2ec8fa8f53572e3db68/future-of-freight-plan.pdf

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 information on enfinium, please visit www.enfinium.co.uk.

About Suez UK

SUEZ recycling and recovery UK employs over 6,200 people, operating across hundreds of sites, and handles approximately 11 million tonnes of waste materials every year – a significant proportion of the UK’s total waste. Through collection, treatment, recycling and logistics operations, it serves more than 30,000 business customers and millions of householders throughout the country. Please visit https://www.suez.co.uk to find out more.

About Freightliner

Freightliner is the UK’s largest maritime intermodal logistics operator, transporting containers from all major deep-sea ports to our national network of inland terminals, as well as a leading operator in the UK Heavy Haul rail freight market.

Freightliner is a subsidiary of the Freightliner Group Ltd, which has operations across Europe offering both Intermodal and Heavy Haul rail freight services seamlessly connecting European countries and the UK.

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