‘Climate action is in the ethos of our work so it’s amazing to be recognised for what we’ve done’
Granville Eco Park (GECO) launched in 2014 and today has the largest Anaerobic Digestion (AD) facility of its kind in NI.
Based in Dungannon the plant uses new technology to efficiently process and treat food waste, breaking down this material to create a range of products including renewable electricity, a natural fertiliser and a sustainable fuel called biomethane —suitable for use in CNG vehicles and transported to customers for their own on-site energy generation.
With a total of 30 employees, the company strives to make a big impact, driving forward the zero waste and circular economy concept here.
With NI’s new draft energy strategy setting a target of 70% renewable energy generation by 2030, plus a need to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, Granville will continue help to establish greener routes for energy, transport, food waste management, agriculture, food manufacturing and beyond — continuing to provide an unbeatable circular economy experience in the waste sector.
Since opening it has created enough renewable electricity to power over 50,000 average households for a year. At April 1, 2021, it had diverted a total of 390,000 tonnes of food waste from landfill; helping NI reach its targets within The Food Waste Regulations (NI) 2015 and preventing the release of 204,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions from entering our atmosphere.
Food waste in landfill creates methane gas. Granville’s process collects that methane and utilises it to its maximum potential with its products and services.
David McKee, chief technical officer, Granville Eco Park said: “Climate action is in the ethos of our company and we’re only starting out so it’s amazing to be recognised for what we’ve achieved. Climate action is very important and we, as a company, feel it’s important to implement changes.”