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Two UK firms recognized for recycling, renewable energy operations
April 23rd, 2014


The Queen's Awards for Enterprise, an annual awards program for British businesses and other organizations who excel at international trade, innovation or sustainable development, has recognized Chinook Sciences and Veolia Environnement as winners of the award for 2014. The awards are the highest official U.K. awards for British businesses.

Chinook Sciences, with U.K. headquarters in Nottingham, received the award for Enterprise in Innovation. The company says the award was a result of its continuing technical and commercial successes of RODECS—an end-stage recycling technology for recovering recyclable metal and generating renewable energy from waste. 

Chinook’s technology and process recovers valuable materials, including all the discarded waste metals, and generates significantly more than one megawatt of green energy from a typical metric ton of residual household or commercial waste. 

Chinook’s RODECS process involves a combination of gasification and pyrolysis through which waste is converted into a clean synthetic gas, which is used to produce renewable electricity by fuelling high-performance gas engines and steam turbines.

Chinook says that it is currently finalizing construction of the world’s largest industrial gasification plant at Oldbury in the West Midlands, U.K., which is scheduled to begin operations later this year. The plant is being developed in partnership with European Metals Recycling. When operational the facility will process 180,000 metric tons per year of recycling residues and recover 10,000 metric tons scrap metal. The plant also will generate a significant amount of electricity, with an installed generating capacity of 42 megawatts—enough to run the recycling operation on the site and power more than 30,000 homes.

Also receiving the Queen’s Award was Veolia, which received the Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development. The award was given to Veolia for setting the sustainability benchmark and its new business strategy, which focuses on manufacturing green energy and calories and places it at the center of the recycling economy.  

Veolia recycles more than one million metric tons of waste per year, and converts nonrecyclable waste into energy that is sufficient to provide electricity and heat to more than 300,000 homes.

Beyond satisfying statutory requirements, Veolia points out that its staff annually devotes 20,000 hours to charity work, donates £50 million pounds to community projects, systematically engages with schools and helping unemployed people, including ex-offenders, back into work.

For Chinook, the Queens Award follows on the heels of the company being honored with the 20th Annual Environment and Energy Awards 2014 as the most innovative company in the Energy from Waste Category for its patented End Stage Recycling Technology with Renewable Energy generation.

The awards recognize excellence and innovation in sustainable business practices. In accepting that award, Harry Perry, senior vice president of engineering at Chinook, says, “We are delighted to win the Environment and Energy Award for innovation in the Energy from Waste category recognizing our Oldbury and other developments as the most Innovative and exciting new developments in the industry.”