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Waste to Energy solutions

Waste to Energy plays an important part in the sustainable management of resources.

Effective management of waste and finite resources is a critical issue across the world. Society must secure affordable, reliable and sustainable energy supplies, while tackling climate change through global emission reductions. Waste to Energy, combined with the recovery of useful materials for recycling can play an important part in delivering these objectives.

Arup helps clients act by combining global expertise in waste and energy with insight into local markets and regulation. Our analytical approach helps clients assess their needs, identifying optimal business models and technical solutions to meet their objectives.

At Arup, we deliver projects through their entire lifecycle, from feasibility to project management and the detailed engineering of waste management facilities.

Rethinking waste solutions worldwide

Arup sees Waste to Energy as one element of a sustainable resource management strategy. Our global skills network and big-picture insight help clients consider it within a suite of options.

In Nairobi, our feasibility study helped power company Kengen assess the viability of using solid waste to generate electricity, limiting the growth of the Dandora Dump and its impact on the local population.

In Wales, we advised on a new anaerobic digestion plant to treat up to 51,500 tonnes of food waste annually, generating up to 12GWh of green energy. Meanwhile, in St Petersburg, Arup advised the City Government on its selection of a waste management technology and the procurement of a mechanical biological treatment plant with an integrated, waste fuelled, energy recovery facility.

Delivering innovative facilities

Arup’s track record in infrastructure design underpins our ability to deliver new Waste to Energy plants and upgrade existing facilities. Through innovation, we meet business aspirations as well as stringent regulations.

Arup is lead consultant for the civil works and building design, providing multidisciplinary design services for Lincolnshire County Council’s new Waste to Energy facility. The plant, which uses moving grate combustion technology will treat up to 150,000 tonnes of waste per year, producing enough electricity to power 10,000 homes.

In Hong Kong, Arup led the design for the world’s largest sewage sludge treatment facility, which will generate power from the waste left over after treating sewage. The Building Information Modelling techniques we used enabled clash detection and allowed the designers to ensure safe access to all areas of the works, as well as providing sufficient space for maintenance and lifting operations.



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  • Allan Barton

    Allan Barton

    Global Resources and Waste Business Leader

    Your best solution to date?

    Assisting our Australasia region win its first waste to energy project.

    Why is it significant?

    It establishes Arup as a leader in an emerging market.


    Helping improve resources and waste activities around the world.

    Why Arup?

    Arup's ethos and culture fit well with my personal values, and it is great fun working in Arup.

    Anything else?

    I'm a member of the management board of an environmental knowledge transfer network that bridges academia and business.

  • Global Waste Business Leader
  • Brian Raine

    Brian Raine

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    Americas Region Board Member, Houston Group Leader

    Your best solution to date?

    Energía Costa Azul LNG Receival Terminal, Baja California, Mexico.

    Why is it significant?

    An efficient marine terminal solution allowing LNG carrier access to an exposed coastal environment.

    Your particular skill?

    Bringing together a range of engineering solutions for complex energy projects.


    Innovative solutions with a focus on constructability.

    Why Arup?

    Freedom of thought and collaboration with bright driven people.

    Anything else?

    Fascinated with the emerging energy supply challenges and opportunities for engineers and society generally.

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Lincolnshire Waste to Energy Structural Model

Project: Lincolnshire's Waste to Energy facility

The facility will generate enough electricity to power 10,000 homes

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