Jan 2015
Gas Distribution
Low Carbon Garbage Collection – City Blue Print
NIA_NGN_112
Complete
Jan 2015
Sep 2016
Northern Gas Networks
Dan Sadler (Head of Head of Energy Futures) & Chris Barron
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Network Innovation Allowance
None
£124,445.00
The project will expand on the feasibility study undertaken by Leeds City Council (LCC) to produce a blueprint for a low carbon refuse collection strategy in the LCC area.

The objectives of the project are:

 

To deliver a “Low Carbon Garbage Collection – City Blue Print” detailing how a city scaled Carbon Neutral Garbage Collection can be achieved and implemented using domestic and commercial food waste converted to bio methane and injected into the NGN network

 

The blueprint will address the following key points:

 

  1. The modifications and commercial models for the existing LCC Refuse Collection Vehicle (RCV) fleet, and the rollout strategy required to implement the segregation and collection of food waste by LCC
  2. The Feasibility of developing a suitably sized Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plant (potentially on an exiting redundant NGN holder site), with the capability of producing “green” bio methane gas for injection into the NGN distribution network.
  3. The “critical mass” of food stock availability and commercial modeling required to make the scheme feasible
  4. The timescales required to develop and implement each phase of the scheme
  5. Identifying the available private and public funding options for the scheme
  6. The overall carbon reduction and emission abatement benefits of the scheme
The success of the project will be measured by the contents of the “Low Carbon Garbage Collection – City Blue Print” against the following output criteria

The blue print will research and deliver the following information:

Identify and rank the top three viable scenarios for:

  • Upgrade options for the LCC RCV fleet to accommodate the segregation and collection of domestic and commercial food waste

  • A suitably sized AD plant in the LCC geographical area, potentially located on a redundant NGN holder site and connections to the NGN network

Cost estimates (+/- 30%) and indicative timelines for the following:

  • The implementation and roll out of segregated food waste in the LCC area

  • The development of a suitably sized AD plant and connections to the NGN network

Financing options:

  • Identification of UK and European funding grants and options applicable to the scheme

  • Identification of private funding options for the construction and operation of the AD plant.

Benefits analysis:

  • Calculate the overall carbon reduction and emission abatement

  • Deliver a complete quantitative and qualitative benefits analysis