Minister opens new power source for RAF Marham
RAF Marham has been hailed a pioneer of sustainable technology in the armed forces following the opening of a new plant which will supply power to the base.
Defence minister Tobias Ellwood, pictured above, centre, opened a new anaerobic digestion plant in Swaffham yesterday, which will use locally grown crops to provide electricity to the station.
The Ministry of Defence says the process will cut the base's carbon dioxide emissions by 14,000 tonnes a year and costs by £300,000, as well as providing 95 per cent of its energy.
Mr Ellwood said: “RAF Marham is leading the way as Britain’s first green military airbase. I hope this plant can act as a model and we can see more sustainable energy schemes rolled out across other military bases.”
The plant was built through a partnership between the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), Future Biogas and Crown Commercial Services (CCS).
Sam Ulyatt, Crown Commercial Services' buildings strategic commercial director, said: "This is an excellent example of how CCS can work with forward-thinking public sector partners like DIO, and suppliers like EDF and Future Biogas, to source power supply solutions for the Royal Air Force which provide resilience and strong green credentials, while boosting the local economy and providing energy security for the UK."
Philipp Lukas, managing director of Future Biogas, added: “It’s fantastic to see the UK military join the green revolution. If we are to combat the imminent global threat of climate change, everyone, from all walks of life, needs to transition to renewable, sustainable energy as quickly as possible.
“The AD plant in Swaffham now powers a significant local institution. In doing so, it not only helps secure the energy supply of a strategic national asset, but also takes the pressure off the local electrical infrastructure, which has been really struggling to keep up with growing regional demand.
“The huge success of this project leads us to hope the door will now open to more of a similar nature. Renewable energy projects that support the local circular economy have to become commonplace if we are to continue to see clean growth in the UK.”