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Covanta outlines EfW's key role in UK hitting targets

The ‘significant’ role of energy from waste (EfW) in helping the UK to meet its 2020 renewable energy targets is the key message from Covanta Energy at this year’s RWM in partnership with CIWM event in Birmingham.

The company is calling for “a cohesive and positive policy and regulatory environment” to support the industry’s investment in EfW.

Covanta has just published its latest policy note, which outlines what it sees as the central challenges facing the country’s future energy supply including the need to:

  • increase energy security and rely less on imports
  • develop new renewable and low-carbon generating capacity
  • keep energy affordable

While the policy note acknowledged that there “are many energy technologies that have a part to play in meeting these challenges”, the company said EfW has a “very significant part to play in meeting this challenge”.

Despite the implementation of the Renewables Obligation, designed to stimulate investment, Covanta said that achieving the Government’s target of 30% electricity and 12% heat from renewable sources by 2020 would be “difficult”.

Managing director Malcolm Chilton added: “Every year we dump waste containing enough energy to power seven million homes into landfills. This is a dreadful waste of a valuable resource. If we don’t exploit better our indigenous waste supplies, we face the prospects of power shortages within a few years.

“Now is the time to invest in EfW as part of [the UK’s] wholesale drive to renew its energy supply system.”

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