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Funding boost for North Yorkshire food waste power plant

A green energy plant in North Yorkshire which will create around 40 jobs and process thousands of tonnes of food waste every year, has received a funding boost of nearly £2.5 million.

The £20 million anaerobic digestion plant is set to become the biggest of its kind in the UK generating 8MW of electricity and treating 165,000 tonnes of food waste which would otherwise have headed to landfill sites.

The first phase of Selby Renewable Energy Park, to be built on the former Tate & Lyle Citric Acid Plant in Selby, has received £1.7 million from the UK Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) through its Organics Capital Grant Fund.

An additional investment of £750,000 will come from Future Energy Yorkshire.

Future Energy Yorkshire funding manager Jemma Benson said the plant is a vital development for the region, adding: “Through generating renewable electricity it will contribute to carbon emission reduction targets, create new jobs and divert waste from landfill. With this in mind it was an ideal project for us to invest in.

“The first stage of the anaerobic digester will save nearly 20,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year, significantly contributing to regional greenhouse gas emission targets, while also helping to meet the remit of Future Energy Yorkshire.”

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