Energy from waste in Glasgow

Energy from waste in Glasgow

In January 2013 we successfully gained planning permission for Viridor’s proposed £154 million recycling and renewable energy centre at Polmadie Road, Glasgow. Treating 200,000 tonnes of annual domestic waste and diverting 90% from landfill, it’s the centrepiece of a 25 year residual waste treatment contract with Glasgow City Council – incorporating a materials recycling facility, mechanical biological treatment, anaerobic digestion and gasification.

But key environmental issues had to be addressed and resolved before permission could be granted, including some significant mitigation. We prepared a full EIA, with emphasis on detailed assessments of air quality and human health impact. To account for uncertainties around the assessment of emissions to air, we adopted a worst case approach.
With extensive mitigation and control measures built into the proposals, our robust assessment concluded that there would be no significant adverse impact on human health or air quality standards. Our work included the coordination of extensive stakeholder consultation with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and Glasgow City Council.