The Netherlands’ waste import tax puts pressure on local government waste strategies in the UK
The Dutch government recently voted through a controversial waste import tax on waste that is destined for Dutch energy-from-waste plants. The Dutch Government estimates that as much as 25% of the waste processed in the country’s EfW plants comes from outside the country. Pending the outcome of a legal challenge, the €31-per-tonne tax will be …read more
78% of EfW plant operators rate the sector’s outlook as good
An annual barometer created by environmental and energy consultancy Ecoprog which takes the pulse of the energy-from-waste sector has revealed the industry’s positive outlook has increased despite a general “economic slowdown”. The report, published by EfW trade body the Confederation of European Waste-to-Energy Plants (CEWEP), which supported the barometer, found 78% of EfW plant operators …read more
Eurostat report reveals a drop in waste sent to landfill
Half of EU member states still send more than 40% of municipal waste to landfill, showing potential for further EfW capacity, according to Eurostat The EU’s statistical body Eurostat has reported a drop in waste sent to landfill, despite member states not managing to reduce the overall volumes produced per person. In a report, just issued, …read more
Gate fees will push EfW growth in the UK
As UK renewable energy subsidies taper off, the returns offered by Energy from Waste (EfW) projects have become increasingly attractive compared to those of other kinds of renewable energy. Matthew Williams and Yohanna Weber, partners at European law firm Fieldfisher, discuss why this industry is beginning to fire up. When people – companies, politicians and …read more
The everyday things that are more polluting than EfW
The pollution from open fires, bonfires, fireworks and cars can be worse than the emissions from a modern EfW plant. Among some sectors of the public, there is a perception that Energy from Waste (EfW) plants are dirty and polluting. In actual fact, modern EfW plants involve a rigorous clean-up stage, which removes nitrogen oxides, …read more
Recycling and Energy from Waste
In this piece we look at the claim that as EfW capacity grows, recycling rates drop. Delving into the argument, we take in the UK’s recycling targets post Brexit, the experience of Europe’s waste management champions and the basic economic principles of supply and demand. At the start of 2017 there were 41 operational EfW …read more
Part 2: What is the circular economy and should EfW be a part of it?
This is the second of two blogs in which we discuss how Energy from Waste (EfW) technology can help to address Britain’s waste disposal challenges. In our previous blog on this topic, we looked at how EfW fits into the circular economy. In today’s post, we explore the energy potential of waste, including a quick …read more
Part 1: What is the circular economy and should EfW be a part of it?
In the first of a two-part series, we look at how Energy from Waste (EfW) technology fits into the circular economy and whether it can help to address our waste disposal challenges. Solar 21’s decision to develop an Energy from Waste (EfW) plant near Hull in the UK has made us hyper aware of the politics …read more