Energy from waste market: grow your business in the UK

  • opportunities for growth
  • demand for new infrastructure
  • government support for sustainable energy projects
5 to 15m tonnes of waste predicted to be generated by 2020
  • UK energy from waste: at a glance

    We have long been recognised as a pioneering nation in the field of energy from waste. World leaders such as SITA, Veolia and FCC all have operations here. In 2013, the renewable energy market created 6.8 billion GBP in gross value.

    The UK market is maturing, and there’s further demand for waste management infrastructure. This will require 3 to 9 billion GBP of investment.

  • Opportunities for growth

    There are opportunities available to grow your business given the size of the energy from waste market. From our use of conventional incineration to advanced technologies, you can expand into new markets covering the broad range of waste treatment options available here.

    The market includes a variety of waste streams:

    • waste - mixed waste from either domestic premises or business
    • organic feedstock - such as food waste and green waste from food processing, farms, gardens and parks
    • commercial and industrial waste from a range of activities
    • construction and demolition waste including waste wood used at biomass facilities

    The next generation of energy from waste plants will be powered by experimental technologies that produce biofuels for vehicles from organic or plastic waste.

    Businesses based in the UK are developing these innovative new sources for biofuels, helping to cement our place as a fantastic base for international operations.

    There is also an estimated 1 billion GBP pipeline of opportunities for community heating projects in the UK, which could be fulfilled by waste to energy and biomass projects.

  • UK government support

    The UK has funding options to assist companies that want to develop sustainable energy facilities. These sources of funding change regularly to meet market demand and are dependent on the type of project and your location within the UK.

    The UK’s Renewable Heat Incentive helps businesses meet the cost of installing renewable heat technologies.

    The government also has up to 50 billion GBP available to support finance and insurance for supplies from within the UK to buyers outside the UK. This support takes the form of guarantees, insurance and loans issued by its export credit agency, UK Export Finance.

  • Next steps

    We can help you grow your business in the UK

    Whether you’ve already decided to grow your business here or you’re just starting your research, the UK government can help you make the right decision.

    Research your industry

    You should research your market to help you decide if the UK is the best place for your business. Contact our Investment Services Team to get market research and other expert help and advice.

    Want to move your business to the UK?

    You’ll need to follow several steps before moving to the UK, including applying for visas and finding the ideal location for your business. Read our UK setup guide.

    The UK government can give you free help and support every step of the way. Contact us to find out more.