Up to 6% of UK electricity could be generated from energy from waste (EfW) by 2016, claims a Confederation of British Industry (CBI) report.
In its Making Ends Meet: Maximising the value of waste report, the CBI believes that the level of electricity output from EfW sources could rise from 1.5% to 6% by 2016, without affecting the UK’s ability to deliver high recycling rates.
The report stated: “The CBI believes that with a technology-neutral policy environment, it is feasible to quadruple the current percentage of UK electricity produced via EfW. With this in mind, and in line with the Government’s review of national planning policy statements, the waste review should determine an appropriate level of ambition for EfW.”
Other recommendations made by the report include:
• Increasing cross-departmental dialogue between Defra, the communities department and DECC.
• Defra should “avoid picking ‘technology winners’” and allow the market to develop appropriate solutions.
• Exploring innovative ways to incentivise communities to accept waste infrastructure, through the retention of waste facility-derived business rates.
CBI deputy director-general Dr Neil Bentley said: “Moving to a zero-waste economy will require government departments to work together and think outside the box. There also needs to be swift action to tackle delays in the planning system. On average, it takes seven years for a waste management company to get a plant up and running, of which four are spent in the planning process. That is not the way to attract investment.”