Many of the oils and meals that we produce are used as vital ingredients to generate renewable energy in the biodiesel and biofuel industries. We also own three 2.3 megawatt wind turbines in Yorkshire that generate and provide power for the National Grid, while enabling us to offset our own energy use.
We are also currently developing our own biomass Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant at our Newark site, which will provide steam for our operating processes along with electricity which will be used on-site, with any excess going to the National Grid. This CHP site will ensure we have the lowest carbon footprint of anyone in our industry across Europe.
In fact, once our CHP plant is operative, 99% of our electricity will come from renewable sources. We are already proud to say that 99% of the water that we use in our processing is recycled.
About the Project
JG Pears is developing a proposal for a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant to provide steam and electricity to its animal rendering facility at Low Marnham, Newark, Nottinghamshire. It will also generate renewable energy, exporting its excess electrical power to the National Grid.
The facility will replace over 90 per cent of the fossil fuels currently used in the rendering process with meat and bone meal (MBM), a sustainable alternative that has a calorific value of the same magnitude as coal, saving over 150,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year. MBM can also be sourced more locally than the fuels currently used, which in turn reduces carbon emissions from transport and transport miles.
Planning permission for the proposal was granted in 2014 .
What's happened so far?
Bassetlaw District Council initially refused JG Pears planning permission for the CHP facility but the Department for Communities and Local Government overturned the discussion following a successful appeal.
What happens next?
The proposals are currently being finalised, however, greater certainty around the Government’s future energy policy is crucial. In particular, the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme is an important factor which is currently under review by government.
The detailed timeline is as follows:
JG Pears submits a planning application for a CHP facility to Bassetlaw District Council.
Bassetlaw District Council refuse the planning application on the grounds of visual impact.
JG Pears submit and appeal for the planning application on the grounds of supporting economic growth, increased business efficiency, support of rural industries and renewable energy supporting national interests.
Public local enquiry takes place.
JG Pears wins its appeal to overturn the planning application refusal. The Department for Communities and Local Government grant planning consent.
Scheme Outline The Proposal
The CHP plant will include a fuel reception area, fuel storage, boiler, turbine, auxiliary boiler, ash house and a control building. There is also the provision of new offices, a security lodge, a tank farm and rationalised access, additional parking provision and improved site boundary control. Planning permission has been obtained for vehicle trailer storage and a workshop.
Under the Integrated Pollution Prevention Control regulations, the CHP Plant will require an additional permit so that it complies with strict European air quality limits.
The fuel will be combusted to raise steam which will drive a high pressure steam turbine to produce electricity. Most of the low pressure steam will be used in a heat exchanger as part of the rendering process to pre-heat feed water and air for the boiler plant to improve plant efficiency
The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is the UK government’s long-term financial support programme for renewable heat and is crucial for making developments and new technologies viable. In a non-domestic setting, participants in the scheme receive subsidiaries for generating and using renewable energy to heat their buildings.
Established to increase the use of heat generation from renewable sources, the RHI reduces dependence on fossil fuels. It reduces greenhouse gas emissions and helps to meet targets for mitigating the effects of climate change.
Replacing the Low Carbon Building Programme, the RHI was created under the Energy Act 2008 and the first RHI payments were made in 2011.