A waste consultancy has launched an interactive map of energy-from-waste facilities operating or under construction in England and Wales.
Monksleigh said it wanted to raise awareness on available treatment capacity, which the consultancy estimated at 8.8 million tonnes per year.
“We think there is a lot of confusion in the market about the regional coverage of facilities.” said director Andrew Olie, below. “Most of the reports available are based on a UK-wide analysis and don’t tend to look at the regional mix.”
The map indicates where the facilities are and their footprint, which is obtained by charting their capacity related to the surrounding population.
This is to assess the density of sites and how they geospatially relate to each other to spot gaps or areas of saturation, the consultancy said.
The tool covers only sites that use unprocessed residual waste as feedstock, therefore excluding EfW projects that have attached material biological treatment plans or dirty materials recovery facilities. It also excludes schemes that are in the planning pipeline.
“We started mapping the facilities that are not open for debate,” said Olie. “When you start looking at the ones that are in the planning system, it then comes down to opinions on whether they will be built. We didn’t want to colour this particular map with opinions.”
The data underpinning the map comes from publicly available datasets from private and public sector sources, including the Environment Agency and Waste Dataflow.
Monksleigh has released the map free of charge as a way to demonstrate its capabilities and to create debate around the issues of EfW capacity.
In order to access the tool users need to register here.