TIRU has been an EDF subsidiary since 1946 and a Dalkia subsidiary since 2016. The company specialises in turning waste into a resource for materials and energy. TIRU has 36 sites, most in France, with others in the UK and Canada. The company's strength stems from its three integrated areas of expertise: design, build and operation.
Waste provides a valuable resource
TIRU offers a range of adaptable solutions for its customers, including local authorities and regional stakeholders.
- Heat recovery: combustion of household waste to produce energy (electricity and/or steam) for district heating or industrial processes;
- Biological recovery: breakdown of organic matter to produce standard-compliant compost and biogas;
- Materials recovery: sorting and treating recyclable (plastic, fibrous and metal) waste.
heat, biological and materials recovery facilities
million metric tons of waste treated
TIRU: an innovative player in the waste market
TIRU is constantly on the lookout for new ways to recover waste and turn it into a resource to shape a greener economy. In addition to giving waste a new lease of life through sorting, TIRU also produces:
- Solid recovered fuel: SRF is waste that releases a significant amount of heat when burned and offers a viable alternative to fossil fuels. TIRU is the first company in France to produce SRF from household waste, which is subsequently used in local industry.
- Biogas: The biogas produced is treated and turned into biomethane, which TIRU then feeds into natural gas distribution systems to supply local industry.
- Heat: The TIRU plant in Pontenx-les-Forges generates heat from waste incineration. To avoid energy loss and support the circular economy, TIRU supplies this heat to a "green greenhouse" to grow tomatoes.
TIRU helps overcome the challenges of the energy transition, providing waste-treatment expertise that is vital in creating an effective energy mix.
2015 key figures
- 1,096 employees
- 3 million metric tons of waste treated
- 2.63 TWh of electricity and steam sold, 50% from green energy sources
- 316,000 residents provided with heating
- 514,000 residents supplied with electricity
- 1.7 million barrels of oil saved
- 727,000 metric tons of CO2 saved