Focus Shifts to Renewable and Recyclable Fuels as Coal Testing Falls 53% Over Last 10 Years

26 January 2015

ESG, a leading provider of environmental inspection, testing and compliance services has witnessed a 53 per cent fall in coal testing over the last 10 years, as more businesses look to renewable energy sources such as solid biofuels and solid recovered fuels .

The figures, which have been released by ESG, reveal a sharp drop in the number of coal orders being processed over the 10-year period, which has led the company to invest in its energy from waste (EfW) offering to capitalise on the expanding renewables market.

According to the latest Energy Trends report from the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC), bioenergy accounted for a record 5.6TWh (7 per cent) of electricity generation in the second quarter of this year. In comparison, generation from coal stations in July was 47 per cent lower than July 2013, the lowest level since DECC’s data series started. Overall, coal witnessed a significant fall in production, imports and consumption over the first nine months of 2014.

Jim Clay, operations director for Energy Services at ESG, commented: “We have seen a steady decline in the amount of coal being tested over the past 10 years due to the rate at which deep mines have closed, as well as other factors such as the fall in international gas prices which has driven down energy generation using coal.

“As the first laboratory in the UK to gain extensive accreditation for the analysis of solid biofuels and solid recovered fuels, we have long been aware of the need for a low carbon alternative to reduce carbon emissions and the dependency on fossil fuels such as coal.

“Over the last year we have invested more than £500,000 in new preparation kit, CV rigs, x-ray fluorescence analysers and a laboratory information management system (LIMS) to prepare for the increase in biomass and solid recovered fuel work that we anticipate in the coming years.”

To further support the new focus ESG has appointed a new commercial manager, Sarah Gazzola, and business development manager, Zico Ratan, who both bring extensive renewable and recyclable fuels experience, to accelerate growth in the energy from waste and solid biofuels market.

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