Food Waste To Community Energy


Press Statement 9th June 2017


To all concerned,

BHESCo started assessing the feasibility of an Anaerobic Digestion (AD) Plant at Hangleton Bottom in June 2015. During the course of the next 18 months we conducted four community consultation meetings to gather comments and questions from local residents to assess their views on the project. In the meantime, we investigated the financial, environmental, social and technical feasibility of the site, preparing a number of scenarios for development of the plant.

As a result of this analysis, we have concluded that Hangleton Bottom is not a suitable site for our prospective AD plant. The size and scale of the plant would not meet the criteria of the local community considering the proximity of homes, current recreational use of the site and BHESCo’s values concerning the impact that it would have on local residents. As a community energy co-operative, BHESCo prides itself on having a positive impact on the lives of people in our community.

We thank all the residents who participated in our consultation events. We have appreciated your honesty and willingness to consider our proposal. We will keep you informed about our plans for developing our community owned Anaerobic Digestion plant. We strongly believe that our project has the ability to deliver part of the UK’s clean energy goals by creating energy from food that would otherwise be thrown away. The gas produced from the AD process can go some way to replacing any prospective shale gas that may be exploited in our region.


For more information on the Hangleton Bottom site please see:

Former Site Location

Site Location Close Up

BHESCo is working with Brighton Paper Round to collect 50,000 tonnes of food and agricultural waste each year to supply biogas to approximately 10,000 homes.  Brighton and Hove has lots of hotels, restaurants and pubs, and our local businesses produce large amounts of food waste which is simply thrown away.

This is a lost opportunity – why not use this important resource to generate low cost gas for our local community?

Anaerobic Digestion can be an effective way to turn food waste into energy by producing fuel  such as biogas and biomethane which can then be converted into heat and electricity.  Generating low cost, renewable energy could improve the quality of life of those unable to afford current fuel costs as well as contributing to a more sustainable future for Brighton and Hove.

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