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Lords urged to back zero organic waste landfill

The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has said it is “crucial” the House of Lords votes through amendments to the Energy Bill to phase out all organic waste landfilling.

An amendment by Labour peer Lord Judd would commit the Government to a strategy to divert organic wastes to composting and energy generations.

The REA also supports amendments tabled by other peers, including allowing independent renewable generators to achieve the reference price for their power sales and compete with the major utilities.

It said the amendments were “all the more crucial” after failed attempts to force the Government to set up a 2030 decarbonisation target next year.

REA chief executive Nina Skorupska said: “Landfilling organic waste has no place in a green economy. There is a tremendous amount of value that can be derived from biowastes through composting and anaerobic digestion, both in terms of physical resource and business opportunities for the rural economy.”

She added: “Improving market access for independent generators is critical to the Energy Bill’s success. Boosting competition by enabling independent generators to access the market is good for consumers and vital for British jobs and businesses. This is a real opportunity to do something to boost competitiveness at a time when competition in the market is under intense scrutiny

“The narrow defeat of the 2030 decarbonisation amendment is very disappointing. This means the Government must commit to a 2030 EU renewable energy target to demonstrate its long-term political will to the green economy.”

The House of Lords is debating the Energy Bill this week.

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