Food for thought

International law firm Burlingtons Legal LLP announced today that it has successfully advised Fairfield Bio Energy, a joint venture between Bio Group and British Gas, on the opening of a £5 million plant in Stockport that will turn food waste into gas for heating the home. The groundbreaking joint venture is one of the first projects being purpose-built from scratch, under the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), and the second project that Deborah Mills has been instructed by Bio Group .

Leftover food from takeaways, curry restaurants, hotels and offices will be broken down by natural microbes in the plant to create biomethane, which is similar to natural gas and can be used in homes for central heating and cooking. The plant is being built on an old landfill site in Stockport, Greater Manchester and is expected to be in operation late 2012.

Bio Group chief executive, Steve Sharrat said: “The project shows how recycling waste that would otherwise go to landfill is not only good for the environment but can also play a vital role in meeting people’s everyday energy needs.  We use innovative, low carbon building techniques to produce energy through a completely organic and natural process. Nothing is wasted and the amount of gas produced will be enough to power around 1400 homes. every year.

“We were impressed with the advice offered by the Burlingtons team who played a significant part in ensuring that this pioneering initiative was achieved successfully.”

Deborah Mills, senior partner at Burlingtons Legal LLP, added: “We are delighted to have advised Bio Group on this exciting and revolutionary project, which will benefit thousands of homes. It was a great opportunity for us to bring our industry expertise to a client in the renewable and green energy sector.”