In a bid to reduce greenhouse gases, waste recycling and waste to energy firm AVR will construct a new large-scale carbon dioxide (CO2) capture system in the Netherlands.

The new CO2 recovery installation will capture, purify and liquefy CO2 from an already existing waste incinerator at AVR’s site in Duiven, Netherlands.

The Dutch company has signed a long-term agreement this week with Air Liquide who will invest in the necessary distribution and storage equipment to deliver the liquid CO2 to end-users, primarily in the greenhouse agriculture industry, contributing to local circular economy.

“This is our first step; we are committed to realising the large-scale capturing and useful application of CO2 from our processes and thereby contributing to the national climate goals.”

Yves Luca, AVR CEO

The liquid CO2 produced by AVR will be distributed by Air Liquide, which will make investment associated with the transport fleet, as well as the cryogenic storage and gas distribution installations, for the end users, primarily in the greenhouse agriculture industry.

Under the agreement, Air Liquide will provide the expertise in the liquid CO2 value chain as well as solutions for injection and atmosphere control for the greenhouse agriculture sector.

With more than 10,000 hectares of greenhouse agriculture, the Netherlands has the largest cultivated greenhouse area in the world. Demand for liquefied CO2 for greenhouse agriculture has been growing in the context of lower energy consumption commitment from the industry. Air Liquide and AVR have collaborated to ensure greater flexibility and higher delivery reliability.

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Source: Air Liquide

Yves Luca, AVR’s CEO, highlighted, “This is a huge step for AVR and the waste management sector towards a CO2 neutral waste management system. The sustainable partnership with Air Liquide is an important basis for future growth. This is our first step; we are committed to realising the large-scale capturing and useful application of CO2 from our processes and thereby contributing to the national climate goals.”

Lars Strandberg, Air Liquide’s Vice-President of North West Europe, added, “We are pleased to partner with AVR to recover liquid CO2 which will facilitate the energy transition of the agriculture greenhouse sector. This project will strengthen the liquid CO2 supply and availability for this growing market. Air Liquide contributes to sustainability through concrete solutions.”