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Cameron urged to include waste in energy 'revolution'

Waste firms have called for David Cameron to focus more on energy-from-waste and less on “glamorous” sources of renewable energy.

The prime minister yesterday told energy ministers from 23 countries that Britain had “played a leading role” in the development of green energy.

Cameron hailed progress on the Humber Gateway offshore wind farm, the expansion of a JDR Cables facility in Hartlepool and three biomass and wind projects.

But the Environmental Services Association said the prime minister should be looking more at the potential of energy-from-waste.

ESA director of policy Matthew Farrow said: “While it’s unsurprising that the Prime Minister did not mention energy-from-waste specifically in his speech today, it has the potential to play a useful part in the renewable revolution Mr Cameron was talking about.

“The family of energy from waste technologies – including combustion and anaerobic digestion – has more prospect of being financially sustainable than some of the more glamorous renewable energy options.

“The Government could also usefully focus on the benefits of more district heating in the UK linked to energy from waste.”

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