The Dublin Waste-to-Energy project is a Public Private Partnership (PPP) between Dublin City Council (acting on behalf of the four Dublin Local Authorities) and Covanta to provide a thermal treatment plant to treat municipal waste that cannot be reused or recycled. Located in Poolbeg, in Dublin Port, the plant generates energy from 600,000 tonnes of waste per year that would otherwise go to landfill and generates enough electricity for 100,000 homes annually, as well as potential district heating for a further 50,000 homes. The plant processes 1,644 tonnes of waste per day and generates up to 61 megawatts of energy.
The plant has been designed to provide highly efficient incineration and is classified as energy recovery in line with EU policy on waste. It is part of the Dublin Regional Waste Management Plan which offers the best environmental solution to reduce waste, maximize recycling, minimize landfill and generate energy from residual waste.
The project received planning approval from An Bord Pleanála in November 2007; it was granted a waste license by the Environmental Protection Agency in December 2008, and received authorizations from the Commission for Energy Regulation in September 2009. Construction work commenced in October 2014 and was completed in early 2017, with the plant beginning operations in June 2017.