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Information for Severnside Energy Recovery Centre, Severn Road, Avonmouth

Status: Existing
Planning Region: South West
Planning Sub-Region: South Gloucestershire
Operator: Suez Environment (formerly SITA) (leading consortium that also includes Lloyds Banking Group and the ITOCHU Corporation)
Capacity: 500,000
Campaign Group(s): Bristol Against Mass Burn Incineration (BAMBI), FoE Bristol and West of England Liberal Democrats
Notes: In March 2020 Suez secured a variation of their environmental permit to increase the capacity from 400,000 to 500,000 tonnes per annum [EPR/ZP3937KL/V007]. In December 2016 it was reported that operations were set to begin [Source]. Intended to burn municipal waste from the West London Waste Authority (WLWA) as well as commercial and industrial waste. Granted planning permission on appeal in September 2011. [See decision document]. Environmental Permit issued by the Environment Agency. It was reported in November 2015 that "Construction started December 2013 and will be complete in August 2016" [Source]. Contract signed with West London Waste Authority in November 2013 [Source]. GBP 20m invested by Green Investment Bank in November 2013 [Source]. It was reported in February 2019 that a contract to incinerate waste from North Devon had been agreed [Source]. Permit ZP3937KL issued in July 2010. (Entry updated 2020-05-29)

Initial applications received for R1 status: 17 June 2019 (Environment Agency)

Uses data from released by the Environment Agency under the Open Government License

PermitOperatorInstallation nameInstallation addressPermit statusWaste input (000s tonnes per annum)Incinerator typeCalculated R1 valueApplication R1 status grantedSource of data used in R1 calculationsDate R1 application status granted
ZP3937KLSITA UK LimitedSevernside energy Recovery CentreSeverside Energy Recovery Centre, Severn Road, BRISTOL, Avon, BS10 7SP,Permit issued400Municipal waste0.72YesDesign3/8/2016

Waste management for England 2018: Operational (Environment Agency)

Uses data from Waste Data Interrogator 2018 - 2018 Waste Summary Tables for England - Version 2 released by the Environment Agency under the Open Government License

PermitDate PermittedOperator NameSite NameSite AddressFormer Planning RegionFormer Planning Sub-RegionEA AreaTypePermitted Capacity (tonnage)Tonnage Incinerated in 2006Tonnage Incinerated in 2007Tonnage Incinerated in 2008Tonnage Incinerated in 2009Tonnage Incinerated in 2010Tonnage Incinerated in 2011Tonnage Incinerated in 2012Tonnage Incinerated in 2013Tonnage Incinerated in 2014Tonnage Incinerated in 2015Tonnage Incinerated in 2016Tonnage Incinerated in 2017Tonnage Incinerated in 2018Comment
ZP3937KL13/07/2010SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK LtdSevernside Energy Recovery CentreLand To the north of Seabank Power Station,Servern Road (A403),Severnside,Bristol,Bristol,Avon South WestWest of England UnitariesWessexMunicipal and/or Industrial & Commercial400,000-----------340,422377,464

Environment Agency 2018 Pollution Inventory: Substances

Uses data from the Pollution Inventory 2018 released by the Environment Agency under a special license

ZP3937KLWessexAirNitrous oxide1000027,098.00EfWEfW
ZP3937KLWessexAirNitrogen oxides (NO and NO2) as NO2100000258,110.00EfWEfW
ZP3937KLWessexAirDioxins and furans (PCDDs/PCDFs) - as ITEQ0.000010EfWEfW
ZP3937KLWessexAirParticulate matter - PM2.51.00E+033,076.10EfWEfW
ZP3937KLWessexAirParticulate matter - PM1010003,076.10EfWEfW
ZP3937KLWessexAirDioxins and furans (PCDDs/PCDFs) - as WHO TEQ0.000010EfWEfW
ZP3937KLWessexAirCarbon dioxide10000000307,539,000.00EfWEfW

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