Ricardo finds HERU is the least impactful option in contributing to global warming

By 19th October 2018 No Comments

HERU to save each household up to 1,200 kgs of carbon per year.
A brand new British technology, backed by major boiler manufacturer BAXI, has
today released the results of an independent scrutiny report that shows how the
HERU is the least impactful option in contributing to global warming when compared
to traditional waste collection methods.


A new Ricardo Energy & Environment report has undertaken a life cycle assessment of the
HERU’s environmental impacts compared with a) collecting co-mingled collections of dry recyclables for sorting at a materials recovery facility; and b) kerbside sorting which separates materials ready for onwards transport to reprocessors.

The report found that the HERU, which uses pyrolysis to turn everyday resource (from nappies to plastics to food) into energy to fuel a domestic boiler saves each household 72 kg of CO2 annually, while the HERU, when powered by solar, saves each household 1,200 kg of CO2 (if this was adopted across all UK 27m households this would result in carbon savings of 32,400,000,000 kgs or 32,400,000 tonnes, equivalent to 8.8% of total UK carbon output, based on 2017 figures).

The independent report found that compared to traditional waste collections, the HERU had:

 68% less global warming impact than co-mingled collections; and
 32% less than kerbside collections.

However, when combined with using solar energy to power the HERU (which runs off a standard 32 amp cooker plug), it had:

 733% less global warming impact than co-mingled collections; and
 554% less than kerbside collections.

Speaking on the release of the report, Nik Spencer, Founder and Inventor of the HERU,

“We opened up the HERU to independent scrutiny as part of our continual process of
refinement and improvement. However, the results are truly staggering. Climate change and
global warming is something that is and will continue to affect us all, and solutions such as
the HERU clearly provide viable technology to start addressing these global problems,
particularly when used with renewable technologies such as solar. The opportunities for businesses are also profound, with the potential for forward thinking companies to adopt the HERU first and help lead the way in changing our relationship with the resources around us.”

Throughout the Autumn and Winter 2018, the HERU will be undertaking technical trials at UK sites, ahead of a move to the mass market. This latter development is being further accelerated in partnership with the UK’s Manufacturing Technology Centre. The trials are also supported by BAXI, Worcestershire County Council, Wychavon District Council and Rugby Borough Council.


Download the full Ricardo report here.
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