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Veolia to operate Turkey’s first waste-to-energy plant

The plant in Istanbul has a processing capacity of 1.1m tonnes of non-recyclable household waste per year

French waste and water management company Veolia has secured the contract to operate and maintain Turkey’s first waste-to-energy plant, the largest in Europe, in Istanbul.

The plant has a processing capacity of 1.1 million tonnes of non-recyclable household waste per year, Veolia said in a statement.

The facility’s 85 mw turbine will save nearly 1.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions annually by producing 560,000 mwh of electricity annually, powering 1.4 million metropolis inhabitants.

This is the first installation of its kind in Turkey, which aims to decarbonise its waste sector through energy recovery and recycling to avoid the use of landfill, which emits more carbon.

The country’s objective is to achieve carbon neutrality by 2053.

Estelle Brachlianoff, CEO of Veolia, said: “This is an important step forward in the management of waste and energy in the city of Istanbul, in line with the country’s objective of carbon neutrality.”

Under the terms of the agreement, Veolia will handle the entire operations and maintenance of the plant in compliance with the European Union’s environmental standards, improving energy efficiency and reducing utility consumption.