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'Biggest AD plant in the UK' to be built in Selby

North Yorkshire County Council has approved planning permission to build the UKs largest anaerobic digestion plant at a cost of £20 million in Selby.

Selby Renewable Energy Park will build on an area of the former Tate and Lyle citric acid plant where there is an already existing AD plant currently being updated. Proposals are to build two new anaerobic digestors, so the plant will be able to treat up to a total of 165,000 tonnes of food waste each year. It will also create 8MW of energy, which is enough to power the whole of Selby.

Additionally, the facility will use a state-of-the-art pre-treatment hall to process all forms of packaged food waste from supermarkets, food processors, local authorities and caterers.

Selby Renewable Energy park business development manager Shaun Flynn said: Were delighted to have been granted planning permission to build the UKs largest anaerobic digestion plant and provide a sustainable alternative to landfill for food waste as well as contribute towards the governments renewable energy targets. Anaerobic digestion is widely recognised by the government, the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Friends of the Earth as one of the best solutions for disposing of food waste.

It is hoped the AD plant will provide a potential low cost heat source to be used by local businesses and it will also create 120 new jobs in the area.

The plans are fully supported by Future Energy Yorkshire, which is a government organisation set up to promote renewable energy projects in Yorkshire and Humber.

Future Energy Yorkshire project manager Jo Adlard said: The Yorkshire and Humber region has an important role to play in helping the UK to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. The proposed Selby Renewable Park will contribute to our regional emissions reduction targets by generating renewable energy for export to the grid, while diverting large quantities of waste from landfill.

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