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, 100 t CO2-e of greenhouse gas emissions are avoided for every 100 t of waste processed.
Over 200,000 t CO2-e of emissions are avoided each year at the Eastern Creek UR-3R Facility, equivalent to taking over 46,000 cars off the road.
Over 1.5 million 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 town water.
- 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.
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.