Environment


Go to: Water & energy useResources recovery and impact of recycling


Greenhouse gas savings

The UR-3R Process® prevents waste disposal to landfill, where the waste would break down and produce methane, a potent greenhouse gas. This has been recognised through Global Renewables’ participation in the Australian Government’s Greenhouse Friendly program and Carbon Farming Initiative scheme.

Did you know that?

At the Eastern Creek UR-3R Facility, 55 t CO2-e of greenhouse gas emissions are avoided for every 100 t of waste processed.

Over 100,000 t CO2-e of emissions are avoided each year at the Eastern Creek UR-3R Facility, equivalent to taking over 23,000 cars off the road.

Over 600,000 t CO2-e of emissions have been avoided since 2004 thanks to the Eastern Creek UR-3R Facility.

Water & energy use

The design of the Eastern Creek UR-3R Facility minimises water and energy use:

  • The facility promotes sustainable water use through rain water use. The roof of each building has been designed as catchment areas for rain water which is then stored in tanks for use on site. Storm water from pavement runoff is also captured for use in the process, further reducing the need for the addition of water from the town scheme.
  • Although the Eastern Creek UR-3R Facility was designed to be energy sufficient by producing its own renewable energy, Global Renewables had to decommission the ISKA percolation/power generation circuit in 2010 due to relatively low wholesale power prices in Australia and the low value placed on renewable energy credit generation. However Global Renewables UK has reliably implemented the technology in Lancashire and we would be able to develop it again in Australia in the future, should the commercial conditions become more favourable.

Resources recovery and impact of recycling

Global Renewables business model maximises energy conservation and resource recovery through:

  • diverting resources away from landfill (like paper, plastic and metal) so that they may be reused and recycled thereby helping close the resource loop;
  • avoiding the negative impacts of traditional landfill operations including the creation of greenhouse gas and leachate; and
  • returning carbon to the soil through the creation of its OGM compost that is being used in agricultural applications and to rehabilitate mine sites in New South Wales.