Since opening in 1973, Eastcroft has played a key role in managing Nottingham’s waste more sustainably and providing an alternative to energy generated using fossil fuels.
Eastcroft produces around 250,000 MWh of energy per year, which can be used for heating or to produce electricity. The steam is sent by pipes to the London Road Energy Generation Facility, operated by EnviroEnergy Ltd, where it is then used to heat a range of buildings across the City, including:
- 4,600 residential premises
- Broad Marsh Shopping Centre
- HMRC offices
- The Magistrates’ Court
- The National Ice Centre
- Nottingham Trent University’s Newton Building
- Victoria Baths
- Nottingham City Council offices
Eastcroft provides an alternative disposal option to landfill and has prevented more than 5 million tonnes of rubbish from being disposed of at landfill sites since becoming operational, thereby diverting waste from landfill and helping to reduce the City’s impact on climate change.
By treating waste at Eastcroft rather than sending it to landfill the amount of methane that is generated when organic waste biodegrades in the ground is reduced. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas and has up to 21 times the global warming potential of CO2. Preventing methane generation by using energy recovery instead of landfill thus makes a positive contribution toward fighting climate change.