Stop ‘demonising energy to waste’

Posted on: 13 Oct 2020

The Environmental Services Association (ESA) has called on the press and commentators to stop ‘demonising’ the EfW sector as they provide backing earlier this year for a report from think-tank Policy Connect calling for an expansion of energy from waste (EfW) in the UK.

McGrath wharf facilities loading RDFThe Policy Connect report argues that EfW is the best available treatment for residual waste whilst also calling for a “Scandinavian approach” in the UK linking energy and waste policy.

The same report states that a wider adoption of EfW would be consistent with the UK’s move to a circular economy which could also put end to the practice of UK waste being shipped abroad to produce energy for other countries. The report’s findings also appeals for the Government’s forthcoming heat and buildings strategy to recognise a clear role for district heating from EfW plants in the UK.

Tara Donaghy Business Director of the McGrath Group said “Residual waste is what’s left after all recycling processes have been applied and therefore EfW clearly becomes the best option to not only create new forms of energy such as electricity, steam or heat with the added environmental benefits of diverting waste from landfill.”