The first study looked to replace an existing oil fired heating system with alternative new biomass boilers. This served to displace the use of fossil fuels, contributing to organisational carbon saving targets, with the aim of also achieving cost savings.
A number of factors were considered including:
- practicality of the proposed new system;
- recommendations on fuel type and system size;
- costs of system and installation;
- identifying local fuel suppliers;
- cost benefit analysis including the Renewable Heat Incentive; and
- environmental benefits in tonnes of CO2e saved.
Recommendations from the study were used to influence the decision making process for the provision of new boilers on site.
The second study explored the practicality and cost implications of installing an on-site anaerobic digester or composter, to dispose of the organic fraction of the site’s waste. Macerating and dewatering technologies were also considered.
These technologies are suitable for larger clients that have on-site catering facilities such as government estates and large corporate businesses, as well as organisations with high volumes of kitchen food waste that might have a need for a soil improver or compost on their grounds.
In this study, Carbon Smart investigated the suitability of the proposed technologies including: the costs and practicality of installing such systems, sizing the equipment, the environmental benefits, the installation requirements, limitations and approximate costs; as well as relevant legislation and the potential use of by-products.
Quite often clients need to convince their board or senior management team of the costs and benefits of implementing sustainable technologies. As well as understanding whether it is actually practical and effective for on site use. Particularly those with:
- catering facilities;
- high volumes of organic waste;
- high heating bills; and
- high electricity usage.
If you are looking to put a proposal to your board or management team to influence the decision making process, then we can help you analyse the costs and benefits of your proposal by undertaking similar feasibility studies for various sustainability technology options and scenarios.