European Parliament told EfW "distorts" waste markets

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A group of European environmental NGOs have written to EU policymakers asking for incineration of mixed waste not to be counted as renewable energy when considering targets.

In the letter directed to European Parliament negotiators, organisations including the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and Zero Waste Europe (ZWE) asked for a gradual phase-out of support schemes for the incineration of mixed waste.

It said support schemes for mixed waste had “distorted waste markets by discouraging separate collection or organics and other recyclables.”

Incineration in Europe has been seen as an increasingly popular option following China’s restrictions on plastic and paper waste.

The calls would not affect UK plants as traditional energy recovery systems do not have access to the subsidies.

Mark Sommerfeld from the Renewable Energy Association said the letter failed to make any distinction between EfW technologies.

He said: "We encourage focus being placed on supporting greater recycling rates however it should be recognised that Advanced Conversion Technologies like gasification and pyrolysis have the potential to significantly contribute to the decarbonisation of other sectors like transport and heat.

"Government should continue to show support for these advanced technologies to establish supply chains and realise this potential in the UK and across Europe."

To view the letter, click here.

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