NEW Water - The brand of the Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District - 2018 Annual Report - Page 5



Reducing Our
Carbon Footprint
R2E2 Launch
In 2018, NEW Water launched the new Resource Recovery and Electrical Energy
Facility (R2E2), which embraces principles of sustainability to manage solids
handling. Through this project, NEW Water expects to reduce greenhouse
gas emissions by approximately 22,000 metric tons per year, the equivalent
of removing 4,600 vehicles from roads. R2E2 incorporates a number of new
technologies into one system: Anaerobic digestion, fluid bed incineration, and
nutrient harvesting. By the end of 2018, NEW Water was producing nearly 40%
of its own electricity for the Green Bay Facility, well on its way to its goal of
50%, thanks to the new system. The graph below shows the trajectory of energy
production.
“This approach represents a new era in resource recovery for this organization,
and this community. It’s the ability to take what others consider waste, and
recover value for our customers,” said Tom Sigmund, Executive Director.
Photos feature the R2E2 media event held at NEW Water in 2018 to celebrate
the official launch of the facility. The top photo features the ribbon cutting, from
left to right: State Rep. John Macco, State Sen. Robert Cowles, State Sen. Dave
Hansen, NEW Water Commissioner Tom Meinz, Brown County Executive Troy
Streckenbach, Tom Sigmund, U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher, and Kurt Hellerman of
CH2M (now Jacobs).
Energy Production Report: By the end of 2018, electrical production increased to
40%, reducing the need for purchased energy.
NEW WATER | 2018 ANNUAL REPORT
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