It is one of the biggest energy policy challenges facing the UK: how can we heat our homes without burning natural gas? The fossil fuel currently provides 85pc of our domestic heating needs – yet if we are to meet climate change targets we must drastically curtail its use within a few decades. According to National Grid, at least part of the answer could be found in a surprising location: your dustbin. Last week, the FTSE 100 utility giant announced a £6.3m investment in the world’s first commercially-operating plant to produce “green” gas from black bag rubbish. The new £25m plant developed by Advanced Plasma Power (APP) in Swindon will take household and commercial waste – from dirty nappies to unrecyclable packaging – and process it into gas pure enough to be used in your existing gas boiler or hob. And, Na tional Grid claims, enough gas could one day be made this way to heat a third of UK homes. On a sprawling industrial estate on the outskirts of the Wiltshire town, a £5m pilot plant completed this summer with funding from energy regulator Ofgem has already proven that it is technically possible.
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