Netherlands-based sustainability company Twence is set to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from energy produced as a result of processing non-recyclable residual waste.

The Hengelo-based plant will also receive a subsidy from the Netherlands’ Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate of Є14.3m, which could be a key part of ensuring Twence reaches its carbon capture target for the plant, 100,000 tonnes of CO2 per year. 

Twence has already set a precedent for the waste-to-energy sector by producing 370 GWh (gigawatt hours) of electricity each year generated from waste. 

The plant is scheduled to begin construction in Q1 2022 and is designed to help the country reach its Paris Climate Agreement goals, which include an obligation to reduce CO2 emissions by 1.1m tonnes per year. 

Calling the installation an innovative and ‘large-scale’ project, Yesilgoz-Zegerius, State Secretary, said, “This will result in a significant reduction in CO2 emissions in the coming years. And Twence is thus setting a good example for other large companies in the industry.” 

Revealing that the company emits around 250,000 tonnes of CO2 each year from its industrial processes, Twence stated that by installing the new facility it is able to make an even more significant contribution to reducing emissions. 

Not an entirely new venture for the company, given its establishment of a CO2 capture installation in 2014, Twence will use its experience to capture the harmful emissions from flue gas. 

The capture gas can then be converted to useful products such as sodium bicarbonate, utilised by the company to clean flue gases. 

Speaking about the project, Marc Kapteijn, General Manager, Twence, said, “This gives us the opportunity to not only supply liquid CO2 to greenhouse horticulture, but also to use it in other sectors, such as in the food industry, for mineralisation of building materials, in the chemical industry or as a biofuel.” 

The plant is expected to be commissioned in Q4 2023.