Waste To Energy

Cement sector pushes EfW’s credentials again

An updated study of 14 EU members states has highlighted the environmental benefits of increasing the amount of waste used in cement production but concluded several issues would block progress. The report, released on 15 May, follows up and expands on a previous study into three countries published last July. Both studies were carried out by consultancy Ecofys and commissioned ...

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EcoGenerator EfW plant back on track

Municipality-owned Zaklad Unieszkodliwiania Odpadów (ZUO) has resumed recruiting for its under-construction energy-from-waste plant in Szczecin. The move is good news for the development, which was forced to end a recruitment drive last year when its main contractor Mostostal Warszawa pulled out of the build. The plant, which was meant to be operational last summer, was forced to look for a ...

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Judicial review looms for consented EfW plant

An anti-incinerator protest group has confirmed plans to formally launch a judicial review over the approval of plans to build an energy-from-waste plant in West Yorkshire. Aire Valley Against Incineration (AVAI) has posted on its Facebook page saying it had presented the planning authority of City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council a ‘letter before claim’ ahead of formally starting a ...

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Ambitious EU waste reform ‘under attack’ from countries

Several countries are blocking an ambitious EU waste policy reform, an NGO survey has revealed ahead of the start of inter-institutional negotiations on a final deal. Despite generally being seen as progressive, Denmark and Finland oppose most proposals to upgrade the EU’s waste legislation, environmental group EEB said on Monday. Similarly, Hungary, Lithuania and Latvia “categorically reject” increased ambition. The ...

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Criticism as Indaver updates EfW data

An anti energy-from-waste group has described the decision to allow Indaver Ireland to submit updated data related to its plans to build a facility in Cork as a “kick in the teeth”. Irish planning body An Bord Pleanala allowed the EfW developer to submit new data, which it did this week, despite an extensive planning inquiry having concluded in May ...

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Greenlight for Vilnius cogeneration plant

Construction can start on a large-scale waste and biomass-fired plant in Vilnius after the company behind it got the go-ahead from the local municipality. The city of Vilnius signed off on the facility’s final height this week confirming the plant could move to construction, municipality-owned Lietuvos Energijahas  confirmed. The plant’s general manager, Saulius Barauskas, said: “We have all the necessary ...

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Progress on German HBCD legislation

Waste trade association BVSE says the federal environment ministry’s draft regulation for monitoring of non-hazardous waste with organic pollutants shows promise but could raise costs. The association issued a statement as the ministry looks to extend a year-long exemption on insulation products containing HBCD that would otherwise have to be disposed of in specialist hazardous waste incinerators. A change in ...

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Concern over potential landfill diversion delay

Plans to potentially delay until 2040 a target to reduce landfilling to 10% of total municipal waste generation across the EU have been criticised. In a joint letter published on 22 May several trade associations, including energy recovery-backing CEWEP and anaerobic digestion-supporting European Biogas Association (EBA) voiced opposition to the plan. According to the letter, member states could get another ...

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