A group of companies and organisations has written to ministers urging them to tackle the “infrastructure gap” highlighted in the Green Investment Bank’s (GIB) recent report on the UK waste sector and invest more in facilities that handle commercial and industrial (C&I) waste.
The group comprises the Environmental Services Association (ESA), the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, Sita UK, Veolia Environmental Services UK, Cory Environmental Services, Grundon Waste Management, the Renewable Energy Association and consultancy Ricardo-AEA.
The letter reads: “The UK is heading for a significant capacity gap for residual waste treatment. A number of recent reports have given forecasts of the scale of works still be completed and have ranged in conclusion from almost ‘job done’ through to a requirement of many more millions of tonnes of facilities over the next 10 years and beyond.
“The Green Investment Bank has just published its own analysis which has confirmed the industry’s fears of a significant capacity gap. Given this range of uncertainty the parties to this letter consider it necessary to confirm their jointly agreed understanding of the works still required to be completed.”
It also called for the Government to launch a “coordinated investigation” into the C&I waste sector, pointing out that “very little infrastructure has or is being built” to serve it.
The letter, which was sent to ministers from Defra and the departments of Business and Innovation, Communities and Local Governmnet, Energy and Climate Change, and the Treasury, can be read here.
Earlier this week the GIB published a report that identified a potential gap of between 4 million tonnes and 7.7 million tonnes in EfW treatment capacity.