Friday 27 January 2023

UK’s biggest rail stations adopt Bio-bean Project

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Network Rail have signed an agreement with Bio-bean, an award winning green energy company that uses coffee waste and converts it into advanced biofuels. The project will be introduced into the largest railway stations in the UK.

Euston, King’s Cross, Liverpool Street, Paddington, Victoria and Waterloo generate an accumulated 700 tonnes of coffee waste each year.

Previously, this waste has been sent to landfill, where it would release more than 5,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide. Now, coffee waste will be sent to the Bio-bean factory, where it will be converted into 650 tonnes of carbon-neutral biofuels. Each tonne of coffee grounds creates more than 5,700 kilowatt hours of energy, which enough to power 1000 homes for a year.

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Managing Director of property at Network Rail, David Biggs, said: “Millions of cups of coffee are bought in our stations every year and that number is growing as passenger numbers continue to rise.

This partnership will see the waste from those purchases put to good use, creating biofuels that can be used in vehicles and to heat homes and saving more than 5,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere.

It’s good news that our stations are cutting their carbon footprint while also saving passengers and taxpayers money. The new solution is cheaper than sending the waste to landfill, which means we can invest more in making the railway better for the four million people who travel by rail each day.”

Arthur Kay, CEO of bio-bean added: “The UK generates over 500,000 tonnes of waste coffee grounds each year, costing the coffee industry almost £80 million in waste disposal fees. bio-bean recycles waste coffee grounds into advanced biofuels at an industrial scale, creating local, sustainable green energy as an alternative to fossil fuels.

We are delighted to provide a cost-effective disposal solution for waste coffee grounds from these major transport hubs.”

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