30 Sep 2019 First tons of CO2 captured from residual waste supplied to greenhouse horticulture
Duiven, 1st October 2019 – The energy-from-waste company AVR has started with the capture and supply of the first tons of CO2 to greenhouse horticulturists. Re-used CO2 contributes to a reduced use of natural gas and therefore to a more sustainable greenhouse horticulture. AVR is the first European energy-from-waste company capable of large-scale CO2 capture and delivery.
AVR announced the construction of the CO2 installation at the Duiven location in May 2018. The installation was completed a little over a year later with strong support from technical engineering firm TPI. The first 7.500 tons of CO2 have now been captured and supplied to various buyers in the greenhouse horticulture sector via, business partner, Air Liquide. This sector uses CO2 for the cultivation of crops like flowers, vegetables and plants. The CO2 generated during the processing of residual waste is subsequently reused as raw material in other sectors. The capture installation boasts an impressive total capacity of 100,000 tons per year.
Yves Luca, AVR’s CEO: “The new CO2 capture installation perfectly fits in with AVR’s strategy. We are aiming for CO2-neutral waste processing and this new step means we can now justifiably refer to ourselves as frontrunners in both the Netherlands and Europe. We have demonstrated that CO2-reduction is most definitely possible with long-term investments and collaborations and we are the very first waste energy company to be turning the Climate Agreement plans into concrete results.”
But AVR’s contribution can go way beyond this. AVR’s ultimate objective is to capture, reuse and apply 800,000 tons of CO2 per year. Plans are currently in the making for building a similar installation in Rotterdam. With the right preconditions in place, the Dutch waste sector will be able to capture more than 2 million tons of CO2 in the foreseeable future.