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RDF could be key to helping Cambridge tackle climate change

Refuse derived fuel (RDF) has been cited as one of the ways in which Cambridge could meet its carbon reduction targets and become more energy efficient, according to a new report.

The report, Decarbonising Cambridge, commissioned by Cambridge City Council and produced by environmental consultancy Terence O’Rourke and Element Energy, will now be used to inform the Cambridge Development Strategy, setting out the planning framework for the future development of the city.

As well as using RDF produced at Donarbon’s MBT plant in Cambridge (pictured), the report also recommends that community energy networks be explored as a means of powering large developments.

Commenting on the report, Cambridge City Council senior sustainability officer Emma Davies said: “The study provides a robust piece of evidence that will form a key part of the overall climate change evidence base for Cambridge.

“It strikes a good balance between enabling the continued delivery of new housing in the city, while at the same time allowing for the development of forward-thinking planning policies to ensure that the new development fully contributes towards the lowering of carbon emissions.”

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