Can Cornwall’s household waste power business?
A six-month feasibility study to see whether Cornwall’s household waste can be used to meet the energy needs of a new high-tech business park is to get European funding through the Objective One programme.
The Greenpark Feasibility Study has been designed to test the theory that there is a more environmentally sensitive approach to providing heat and electricity for business parks.
Consultants from around the country are being invited to bid for the £100,000 study, which will assess the feasibility of plans to build a community of hi-tech, environmentally conscious industries served by a combined heat and power plant.
The project, which is led by County Environmental Services Ltd (CES), has been approved for a grant of just over £51,000 from the European Regional Development Fund.
CES have teamed up with the South West of England Regional Development Agency (SWRDA) and Cornwall Enterprise (the economic development arm of Cornwall County Council) to promote the Greenpark concept.
No location has been chosen for the potential business park and the consultants who win the contract will have to examine the most suitable criteria for such a park including access to road and rail networks.
They will also look at the numbers of jobs that could be created and the type of industries that would be most appropriate Cornwall. The study will also consider other sources of renewable energy which could be used on such a park.
The study will examine the time it will take to turn the idea into a bustling business park and it will include an in-depth study of the financial and technical hurdles that will need to be overcome.
The feasibility study will be let by CES, the company that deals with Cornwall’s household waste and the majority of the county’s commercial waste. The firm that wins the contract to carry out the study will be appointed towards the beginning of February and will be expected to complete the work by the end of July.
Mike Brown, the director at CES responsible for letting the contract said: “Greenpark is the future for putting value back into the community from integrated waste management. It will show how renewable energy sources such as waste can be used to replace unsustainable fossil fuels.
“This park could provide the blueprint for other councils throughout the country who all have to develop alternatives to landfill for a significant proportion of household waste and commercial waste.”
CES and SWRDA first saw the opportunity for Greenpark in 1999. In June 2000 they held a consultative workshop at the Eden Project, which resulted in initial support for the concept from around 30 of the key players in Cornwall’s economy.
From this consultative group, a strategic partnership team was formed to steer the project, and in September 2000 a bid for funding a feasibility study was submitted under Objective One for support from the European Regional Development Fund.
Funding has now been granted and invitations to tender have been sent out. A web site has been created to enable everyone to understand the proposals, contribute views and keep in touch with progress. The address is www.greenpark-cornwall.com.
For more information about Objective One contact the programme’s Helpline on 0800 0280120 or visit the website www.objectiveone.com.
A leaflet explaining the Greenpark project in more detail is available from CES.
For further information contact:
Mike Brown, Technical Director, CES Ltd
Tel: 01209 821669
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD