Hard-to-abate sectors are delivering climate-neutral approaches as recent partnerships are indicating. Aker Carbon Capture and Viridor – a UK leading recycling and waste management company, will work together on the provision of a pre-FEED study for the Runcorn carbon capture and storage project, located around 20 km from Liverpool.
The Runcorn waste-to-energy incinerator project involves retrofitting the facility with carbon capture and storage where the emissions would be permanently stored offshore in depleted Liverpool Bay gas fields.
The project will also aim to explore the integration of the facility with the HyNet North West cluster. The step is part of the pre-FEED study, and part of the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Track 1 sequencing process.
The goal is to capture around 1 million metric tons of CO2 per annum. When in operation, the facility will be one of the first large-scale carbon capture projects at an energy-from-waste facility in the world.
“We are delighted to partner with Viridor on this exciting project that could realize major emission reductions in a hard-to-abate sector. Viridor is the largest waste company in the UK. Given its ambitious decarbonization targets, it can play an instrumental role in helping reach Britain’s climate goals, and together we see CCS as a great opportunity to create green jobs in the UK,” said Valborg Lundegaard, Chief Executive Officer at Aker Carbon Capture.
Back in 2021, Viridor set out plans to become a net zero emissions company by 2040 in order to align with the Paris Agreement goals and the Science-Based Targets initiative. It also announced it wants to become the first UK net negative emissions waste and recycling company by 2045, allowing it to support the country’s commitment to reach net zero by 2050.
It plans to use carbon capture and storage technologies to achieve these goals and implement the extraction of plastic from residual waste streams for more circular recycling.
The collaboration of Aker Carbon Capture and Viridor is also an extension building on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that the companies signed in 2021 to help the UK accelerate its decarbonization agenda through a partnership for next-generation carbon capture and storage.