Speaking at the Energy Buyer Forum last week BPF director general Peter Davis reiterated the views BPF made in response to the Governments Energy Review.
The UK with a 60 million population has only 21 Energy-from-Waste (EfW) plants whereas environmentally conscious Denmark has 32 EfW plants for a 5 million population.
The annual amount of energy generated from incineration in Western Europe is equivalent to the electricity demand of Switzerland. Just 10% of pre-sorted EU municipal waste would cover 5% of EU energy needs saving up to 14 million tonnes of oil a year, he said.
He added that he was surprised London Mayor Ken Livingstone could not see the benefits of the recently approved Belvedere EfW plant. Theres masses of evidence proving that modern EfW plants are safe and that the low emissions are controlled. Interestingly, the Mayors 15 minute millennium fireworks display equalled 120 years of dioxin emissions from the Deptford EfW plant.
Davies also criticised the lengthy planning permission processes for energy production and storage facilities and waste facilities and said it was ridiculous that it took 15 years of enquiries before the Belvedere EfW plant was approved.
According to the BPF the British plastics industry has had to endure the highest energy price increases in Europe leading to havoc with investment and competition in the sector.