Energy-from-waste (EFW) is the sole renewable energy technology that offers the dual environmental benefits of clean electricity and efficient solid-waste management. The EPA agrees, and has stated that energy-from-waste plants are a “clean, reliable, renewable source of energy” that “produces electricity with less environmental impact than almost any other source of electricity.”
The energy-from-waste technology used by Detroit Renewable Power provides critical environmental benefits to our area:
- Clean energy that promotes energy independence — For every ton of waste we process, we eliminate the need to import one barrel of oil or mine one quarter ton of coal.
- Net reduction in greenhouse gases — For every ton of waste we process, we avoid emitting nearly one ton of greenhouse gases
- Efficient waste management — By converting waste to energy, we reduce the City of Detroit’s reliance on landfills and minimize long-distance shipping of trash across state lines. This helps preserve valuable land and natural resources, as well as minimize disturbance to surrounding neighborhoods.
Since 1991, our facility has:
- Prevented the need for more than 400 greenfield acres to be converted to landfill
- Delivered more than 9 billion kilowatt hours of electricity
- Safely managed nearly 18 million tons of solid waste
- Significantly improved Detroit's greenhouse gas emissions profile
World-class emissions performance.
According to a 2008 review by Columbia University, our facility's emissions are well below EPA limits — even below the more stringent limits of the European Union — making this one of the cleanest energy-from-waste facilities in the world.
Detroit Renewable Power's boilers utilize state-of-the-art, pollution-control equipment and fully comply with all local, state and federal requirements.