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Stewart Jackson MP energised by apprentice opportunities at Peterborough ERF

24th May 2016

Last week, Member of Parliament for Peterborough, Stewart Jackson took the opportunity to visit the Peterborough Energy Recovery Facility to understand how the City’s household waste is transformed into vital renewable energy, enough to power 15,000 households. During the visit Stewart met with Ian Smith, Director of the ERF fleet for Viridor and Paul Rowland, Regional Manager to understand how Viridor is driving benefits for the community by looking to the future for two apprentices to join the team operating the cutting-edge Fengate facility.

Stewart Jackson, Member of Parliament for Peterborough added: “I have visited the ERF once before with the Energy Minister, Amber Rudd, however I was very keen to understand more about the process of transforming what my constituents throw away in their bins, into what keeps the lights on in their homes at night. It was tremendous to meet Ian, Paul and his team who work around the clock to ensure the Facility is running safely. I also discovered the associated ongoing benefits to the Peterborough community that a project like this can bring, with over £9.8m spent in the local community during the construction of the ERF and the announcement that there will be two local apprentices employed.”

The ERF has also been recently recognised through the annual industry awards by achieving a shortlisting at the Renewable Energy Association and National Recycling Awards. At the core of each submission was the innovative nature of the public-private partnership between Peterborough City Council and Viridor (the first of its kind in the UK), which will enable the Council to reduce their carbon footprint by 10,000 tonnes a year and divert 85,000 tonnes of household waste away from landfill.

Ian Smith, Director of the Energy Recovery Fleet for Viridor said of the visit: “Being able to show the communities of Peterborough what we do is vitally important. Every day we are offering a range of benefits to the City, by diverting nearly all of their waste away from landfill sites and the associated environmental impact this brings. We are also able to recover energy; this enables Peterborough City Council to generate an electricity surplus and allows the Council to benefit from additional revenue generation.”

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