£8m anaerobic digestion plant opens in County Durham

The region's first food waste anaerobic digestion plant opens today on Newton Aycliffe Industrial Estate in County Durham

The £8m Emerald Biogas anaerobic digestion plant
The £8m Emerald Biogas anaerobic digestion plant

The region’s first commercial food waste anaerobic digestion plant which will generate energy to power 2,000 homes a year, officially opens today.

Operated by Emerald Biogas, the £8m facility, based at Newton Aycliffe Industrial Estate, will serve the North East’s need to recycle food waste and create renewable energy, processing 50,000 tonnes of leftover food from businesses across the region.

Broadcaster and writer Janet Street-Porter hosts the launch event in County Durham this morning, where 100 guests, including local authorities, national businesses, schools and the mayors of Darlington and Great Aycliffe will celebrate the launch of the biogas facility.

The funding for the project was made available through the Rural Development Programme for England, which is jointly funded by Defra and the European Union.

Funding was also secured through HSBC’s Tyne Tees Commercial Centre, which supported the Emerald Biogas project via a £3.6 million funding package.

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