HONOLULU, July 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Covanta, a world leader in sustainable waste and energy solutions, congratulates Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell on the city's selection by the U.S. Conference of Mayors for first place honors in its 2016 City Livability Awards Program. The recognition was announced during the Mayors' annual meeting which took place in Indianapolis, Indiana.
This prestigious award recognizes H-Power's role as a creative solution and critical component of Honolulu's solid waste management plan, limiting the City's reliance on the island's only municipal landfill and reducing Honolulu's dependence on imported oil. The H-Power facility, located in Kapolei, on the island of Oahu, plays an integral role in Honolulu's achievement of 80 percent diversion of its waste stream from landfill while supplying renewable energy for nearly 10 percent of Oahu.
"We applaud the City and County of Honolulu and Mayor Kirk Caldwell on receiving this well-deserved recognition and for their continued commitment to improving the quality of life for the residents of Honolulu," said Christopher Baker, vice president and general manager of Covanta's West Region. "Honolulu is a shining example of a community that has thoughtfully planned a sustainable waste management system that works for their unique island environment."
As the centerpiece of Honolulu's sustainable solid waste management system, H-Power serves the municipal solid waste disposal need of more than 850,000 residents and more than six million visitors to the island every year. The Energy-from-Waste facility, owned by the City and County of Honolulu and operated by Covanta, processes up to 3,000 tons per day of municipal solid waste, generating up to 90 megawatts of energy.
H-Power is also the only operating Energy-from-Waste facility in the United States that combines the best of refuse-derived fuel technology and mass burn technology, allowing the facility to manage a variety of types of waste for the City and County of Honolulu. Furthermore, the system protects the environment and the economy by:
- Saving more than 500 acres of landfill space since its inception, through reducing the volume of waste by 90 percent
- Avoiding significant greenhouse gases that are created when landfilling waste
- Producing up to 10 percent of Oahu's electrical needs, helping Hawaii to achieve an ambitious goal of 100 percent renewable energy by 2045
- Recovering ferrous and non-ferrous metals from the waste stream, generating up to $5 million annual gross revenues
Covanta is a world leader in providing sustainable waste and energy solutions. Annually, Covanta's modern Energy-from-Waste facilities safely convert approximately 20 million tons of waste from municipalities and businesses into clean, renewable electricity to power one million homes and recycle approximately 500,000 tons of metal. Through a vast network of treatment and recycling facilities, Covanta also provides comprehensive industrial material management services to companies seeking solutions to some of today's most complex environmental challenges. For more information, visit covanta.com.
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