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Back Energy From Waste Say Engineers

22nd June, 2011
The Institution of Civil Engineers South West (ICE) has reiterated its support for energy from waste.

In response to the recent Government Review of Waste Policy, Trish Johnson, Regional Director of ICE South West said: ?It is clear that energy from waste has a significant role to play in energy creation, waste minimisation and the local economy.

?The Government is rightly supporting a vigorous recycling programme and a strategy for the widespread introduction of anaerobic digestion. It is also looking to support developing waste technologies. While we welcome these proposals, they do not provide the answer to dealing with all our waste.

?Combined heat and power provides a sustainable solution to a very complex and controversial area of critical infrastructure. It is not a case of one size fits all.?

The Environmental Services Association (ESA) also published a paper last week supporting energy from waste citing job creation and economic benefits as well as the environmental advantages. The report said that investment in waste infrastructure can generate over four times more jobs.

It also stated that when compared to the 1.4 million tonnes of carbon emissions saved by onshore wind investment, it would save four million tonnes.

Responding to Government?s Review of Waste Policy, Chair of the Institution of Civil Engineer?s Waste and Resources Management Panel Phil Butler said: ?Government?s commitment to a resource efficient economy that will unlock the true value of our waste is to be commended; however it is crucial that we now see these commitments translated into action.

?Importantly if Government is serious about achieving a ?zero waste? economy we need to focus on quality and quantity of recycled materials.  This will ensure that the UK gets the maximum environmental and economic benefits from recycling by meeting the increasingly stringent quality standards demanded by end users of materials.

?There will of course be environmental and economic limits to recycling and we must unlock the economic value of the residual waste by driving forward the energy from waste sector. In the past lack of local support has been a major barrier so it is very encouraging that Government has committed to helping communities directly benefit from hosting energy from waste infrastructure, however this now needs to be supported by financial and regulatory frameworks, in particular, ensuring the proposed Green Investment Bank?s priorities include energy from waste projects.?