NIMBY(Not in My Backyard) to PIMBY(Please in My Backyard)

We often hear the voice, "it's OK to build a waste-to-energy plant, but not in my backyard.", this is the NIMBY effect. In order to get rid of it and build a harmonious community, SUS opens real-time monitoring data of flue gas, shares public service facilities, and build environmental science education base while operating the plan. This series of measures has achieved good social benefits. Many projects of SUS have become classic cases of "NIMBY to PIMBY".
Innovate the Industry
SUS operates the project in strict accordance with the national standards, publishes the monitoring data of flue gas emission in real time, and shares public service facilities such as gymnasium, basketball court, environmental science exhibition hall with surrounding residents.
SUS has built the plant area into an open community, made the community into a home shared with the surrounding residents, changed "NIMBY" to "PIMBY", successfully innovated the face of the industry, and set off a major change in China's waste-to-energy industry.

Ningbo Mingzhou Waste-to-Energy Plant

In the early stage of Ningbo project, SUS comprehensively assessed the impact of the project on the surrounding residents and environment. There are households, villages, ancient buildings, schools and characteristic agricultural product planting bases in the project area. A lot of resistance and many voices of opposition from the local people exit in the early stage, which may escalate into group violence at any time.

In accordance with the environmental and social management system established by ISO14001 and OHSAS18001, SUS has set up corresponding evaluation indexes in environmental impact, involuntary resettlement and other aspects, and established supervision and management policies for investment, construction and operation projects.

  • Initial Stage of the Project

  • Project Construction Stage

  • Project Operation Stage

Initial Stage of the Project

SUS cooperated closely with the government to carry out popular science education on waste-to-energy for the public. During the 20-day demolition contract period, the signing rate was 96%, and no mass incident occurred during the project progress:

  • Accumulatively printed more than 8,000 publicity materials, produced and released 5 publicity videos, and organized 20 batches of about 1,500 people to visit the plants in operation;
  • Invited industry experts to face-to-face with the masses to clarify doubts;
  • Published the environmental impact assessment documents of waste-to-energy projects on the corporate website and actively accepted wider public supervision.

Project Construction Stage

SUS Environment uses "craftsmanship" to cast environmental protection, adheres to "high starting point design, high-quality construction", and is committed to building each project into an environmentally friendly benchmark project.

The project hired the world-renowned French company AIA to design the exterior of the building. It is a landmark building with both industrial beauty and artistic temperament. The project won Zhejiang Province’s first China Construction Engineering Luban Award in the waste-to-energy industry, and was awarded the Zhejiang Industrial Tourism Demonstration Base, the National "AAA Grade Domestic Waste-to-Energy Plant", and the Ningbo Science Education Base. The project is also a modern high-tech waste-to-energy plant:

The project uses SUS Environment Mechanical Grate Furnace, which won the second prize of National Science and Technology Progress Award. It adopts the most stringent "seven-step" flue gas purification treatment process at that time. The use of ACC automatic combustion control system of the project effectively improves the intelligence and operational stability of large-scale grate furnaces.

Project Operation Stage

Strictly implement the requirements of the Ministry of Environment for "Installation, Erection, Grid Connection", and disclose real-time monitoring data of flue gas emissions.

Every Friday is set as an open day for the public, subject to public supervision;

Establish a community compensation mechanism to allow villagers to share development dividends by giving free slag to the local government for resource utilization and helping villagers develop organic agriculture.

Open the sports facilities and fitness places in the factory to the public free of charge;

Set up the first waste-to-energy museum to vividly demonstrate the waste-to-energy process and popularize environmental protection knowledge such as waste classification, waste utilization, and environmental protection.

As a demonstration base for industrial tourism in Zhejiang Province and a popular science education base for citizens in Ningbo. In 2018 alone, the project received 475 batches of more than 13,000 visitors from government departments, students, and community residents, which became a vivid case from NIMBY to PIMBY.