16th June 2017

The Cornwall energy recovery centre awarded Sustainable Project of the Year

The Cornwall energy recovery centre in St Dennis has won the award for Sustainable Project of the Year at the 2017 Michelmores Property Awards, which celebrate outstanding property and construction projects in Cornwall, Devon, Bristol, Somerset and Dorset, across ten categories.

The Cornwall energy recovery centre, managed by Cornwall Energy Recovery Limited (CERL), is central to managing waste for Cornwall. It plays an important role in reducing Cornwall’s carbon footprint by using innovative ways to recover energy, both heat and electricity, from the waste left over after recycling and composting, and reducing the reliance on landfill sites.

Sarah Buck, Director of BSW Consulting and one of the 2017 Property Awards judges, said:

“This is a complex project to deliver and the end result is very impressive. Not only does the facility divert black bag waste from landfill, it also generates heat and power as the waste is burnt, sufficient to power 21,000 homes each year. The judges were also impressed with the visitor centre, and the efforts to involve the local community with the project.”

Councillor Sue James, Portfolio holder for Environment and Public Protection at Cornwall Council, said:

“As the new Cabinet Member responsible for the facility I’m really pleased to hear that the Cornwall energy recovery centre has won this Sustainable Project of the Year Award. Now that the facility is fully operational it’s playing a very important part in offering Cornwall a more sustainable method for managing the waste that’s left over after recycling. I hope that people will take up the opportunity to go to the Cornwall energy recovery centre’s visitor centre and understand more about how we are making better use of our waste that cannot be recycled.”

James Pike, Regional Director South West at SUEZ recycling and recovery UK, said:

‘The Cornwall energy recovery centre is a key part of Cornwall’s integrated approach to waste management and we’re delighted to see this recognised by the Sustainable Project of Year Award. Since entering operations in spring the facility’s visitor centre has begun hosting visits from local schools and community groups, and we look forward to welcoming many more Cornwall residents interested in learning about how their waste is reused, recycled and put to good use as a fuel to produce energy.”

Emma Honey, Head of Real Estate at Michelmores, said:

“Once again, the standard of entries we received for this year’s Property Awards was outstanding. The range and breadth of projects has been fantastic and has demonstrated the excellence of the property and construction sector in our region. My congratulations go to all of our winners and to all those shortlisted.”

Now in their fifteenth year, the annual Awards, which are sponsored by accountancy, investment management and tax group Smith & Williamson, showcase and celebrate the best of the South West’s property and construction industry.

The winners were announced at an Awards Dinner on Thursday 15 June 2017 at the University of Exeter, hosted by comedian and actor Marcus Brigstocke.

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