The department for energy and climate change (DECC) has recognised the role of incineration in its revised draft national policy statement (NPS) for “nationally significant” renewable energy infrastructure.
DECC rejected calls made during the consultation phase of the statements for incineration infrastructure not to be considered by the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) or regarded as a “renewable” source of electricity.
Instead, it anticipated the development of renewable energy generation capacity from waste in the future.
The NPS for renewable energy infrastructure said: “The recovery of energy from the combustion of waste, where in accordance with the waste hierarchy, will play an increasingly important role in meeting the UK’s energy needs.
“Where the waste burned is deemed renewable, this can also contribute to meeting the UK’s renewable energy targets. Further, the recovery of energy from the combustion of waste forms an important element of waste management strategies in both England and Wales.”
The planning statements have now been laid before Parliament for approval.