Value of landfill tax; growth in AD; new head for SocEnv
Waste and tax
The Office for National Statistics’ latest report says that landfill tax, the largest contributor to pollution and resource tax revenue, has generally increased since its introduction in 1996 and peaked at £1.2bn in 2013, which represented 80.3% of total pollution and resource taxes.
In 2012, the UK government spent £14.2bn on environmental protection activities, of which £11.5bn (81.3%) was spent on the collection, treatment and disposal of waste.
Rapid growth for AD
The Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association (ADBA) has launched its first market update at the start of the industry’s dedicated exhibition and conference, UK AD & Biogas 2014 in Birmingham.
ADBA says the AD market has grown rapidly since 2010, reaching the current 154 MW electrical equivalent capacity (between electricity and biomethane) from 145 plants. The increase in capacity each year since 2010 has been in the range 26-32 MWe-equivalent (across 20-30 new plants each year)
2014 should be a big year, with capacity increasing by a larger amount than this due to uptake of biomethane, as well as significant growth in the number of electricity plants.
SocEnv appoints new chair
The Society for the Environment (SocEnv) has announced the appointment of Ian Bowbrick CEnv as its new chairman. Bowbrick joins from Institute of Minerals, Materials and Mining where was director of professional development and membership.
He said: “It is an honour to be elected as chair, not only for me but also for my discipline of materials, minerals and mining. The society has a number of new and exciting initiatives that will be launched in the next 12 months and I look forward to taking these forward with our CEnv community.”
TreeStation hoping to buy biomass boiler
A Manchester social enterprise has launched a community share offer to fund its efforts to use local timber resources that would otherwise be wasted as low-carbon fuel.
TreeStation, a co-operatively run not-for-profit, is hoping to raise £230,000 to buy an on-site biomass boiler, to lower its own carbon footprint and allow it to dry and sell more sawn wood for local heating. The company takes wood from local treework contractors that would otherwise be disposed of and sent to power stations to generate electricity in an inefficient process.
Financial director Patrick Morello said: “This is timber that is brought down anyway just as a result of routine maintenance work in gardens, parks and woodlands, that otherwise goes to waste, and we’re trying to make the best use of it, either for wood fuels or for sawn timber for furniture.”