Power from food waste at NEC, Poken saving paper

Over 120 tonnes of food waste a year from Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre (NEC) will help power a local sewage treatment works, as part of a new deal between the venue and Severn Trent Water.

Food waste accumulated from the NEC site, which includes the NEC Venue and Genting Arena, will be transported to Severn Trent Green Power’s £13m food waste anaerobic digestion (AD) plant on a weekly basis and processed into energy, with leftover material used as fertiliser by local farmers.

NEC director of operations, Brian Pell (pictured, left), said: “We are continually looking for new ways to make our venue more environmentally friendly. Thanks to our on-site Waste Pre-Treatment Centre, we send zero waste to landfill and are committed to ensuring that any waste that travels off site for further processing never travels more than 30 miles. Severn Trent’s site is less than four miles away.”

“We started constructing the plant within Coleshill sewage treatment works last year and it’s now taking in food waste from local businesses to power the site,” says Severn Trent Green Power’s food waste anaerobic digestion expert, Chris Jellet (pictured, right). Rather than food waste going to landfill, which is costing businesses, we’ll be stopping around 8,000 tonnes of COâ?? from being released into the local environment – that’s equivalent to taking 3,300 cars off UK roads.

“Every year we expect to generate around 17,000 gigawatt hours of electricity from the food waste AD plant, which is enough to power around 4,000 homes or the whole of Coleshill sewage treatment works and more.”

Event platform Poken
, meanwhile, has announced that over 21 metric tonnes of paper were saved at events in 2014 by replacing paper brochures and business cards with its Poken Touch Point device.
 
In 2014 Poken says it recorded 1.94m instances where people had collected documents digitally using its platform at events, and claims it represents a saving of 3.88m pages being printed. The company also recorded 2.18m instances where event visitors used Poken to network and exchange digital business cards.
 
Stephane Doutriaux, CEO of Poken, claims a typical trade show can generate the equivalent of 170 trees worth of paper in waste.

“When you digitalise your marketing approach a wealth of metrics also becomes available, which means you know exactly who collected what, where and when. This then enables you to follow up leads in more targeted and engaging ways,” he adds.
 
The CEO claims Poken experienced 40% revenue growth in 2013, and 96% growth in 2014.
 
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