Born and Ermel, a German energy from waste (EfW) specialist, and SLR Consulting, an environmental consultancy, have signed an agreement to extend their EfW services. The two companies will work together to provide a comprehensive service to the private, commercial and public sectors on EfW systems and their design, planning, implementation and management. SLR is involved in the planning of six large-scale EfW plants across the UK. It has received enquiries from local authorities and property developers which are keen to explore the possibilities of EfW, using various thermal technologies, as part of a long-term integrated waste management solution. Technical director Mike Hession said: The agreement with Born and Ermel means that, in addition to planning and permitting support, we can also offer clients 30 years experience in the delivery of EfW facilities, from inception, design and procurement, to construction and commissioning. Based near Bremen, Born and Ermel has worked on more than 20 EfW projects including installations in Hamburg, Frankfurt and Stuttgart. General manager and co-founder Dr Gerrit Ermel said: We are proud to assist and enhance the work SLR is already undertaking on EfW facilities. There is a significant synergy between our two companies which will allow us to work seamlessly together in taking projects from planning and permitting through design and procurement to full commissioning and environmental testing. According to SLR, EfW schemes are likely to play an increasing role in helping the UK move to a zero carbon built environment. The company also claims that in Britain, local authorities have been slow to support proposals for EfW projects but in Germany there is a much longer history of these facilities. All the projects Born and Ermel have been involved in are equipped with the latest technology for emission control and the flue gas cleaning necessary to meet one of the strictest emission control regimes in the world, said Dr Ermel.