Investing in the next generation
of waste infrastructure

The UK Green Investment Bank has invested in new waste facilities across the UK, from small scale anaerobic digestion plants, processing food and garden waste, to large scale waste to energy plants, diverting large amounts of household waste from landfill and generating renewable energy.

The UK has, over the past ten years, seen a transformation in its management of household waste. This has been most marked within local authorities as they make the transition from landfill to recycling / composting and energy recovery.

To date, the main focus of investors has been with local authority PPP / PFI waste projects. The majority of the required investment in this area is now largely behind us, although there are some important projects still outstanding. The UK Green Investment Bank has supported the tail end of this pipeline including projects in Wakefield, West London and Merseyside.

We are now seeing the waste market move towards what we would term ‘merchant’ projects. These are projects which utilise private, specialist fuel supply such as refuse derived fuel, commercial and industrial waste and waste wood.  

In addition, they tend to utilise new advanced conversion technologies and include specialist sub sectors like anaerobic digestion. We have backed a number of projects in these areas, both directly and through our funds, such as Evermore in Northern Ireland and Birmingham BioPower.

The UK Green Investment Bank has also supported the UK bioenergy sector through involvement in a number of biomass projects. This has included projects which involve conversion from coal to biomass like Drax and dedicated new build, often combined heat and power plants like Evermore. GIB will continue to consider both new build and conversion projects.




Waste and bioenergy contacts

Chris Holmes

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Chris Holmes

Managing Director, Head of Waste and Bioenergy

Andrew Hartley

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Andrew Hartley

Director

Stephen Ray

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Stephen Ray

Director