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UK waste can supply half renewable energy target by 2020

Small-scale energy from waste facilities at community level and the use of biomethane as road transport fuel could have huge potential benefits for the UK, according to a research study.

The study, Renewable Energy, Landfill Gas and EfW: Now, Next and Future written by Cranfield graduate Kofi Apea Adu-Gyamfi, considers the potential contribution made by EfW to meeting the UK’s renewable targets.

The UK has committed to the EU Renewable Energy Directive which binds it to sourcing at least 15% of its energy mix from renewables by 2020. To be in with a chance of meeting these targets, the UK has to support alternative waste management options whilst achieving considerable deployment of renewables.

This study by Adu-Gyamfi concludes that, depending on pace of investment and availability of suitable feedstock, EfW technologies can contribute up to 50% of UK renewables targets by 2020.

The study says: “These two options [EfW and biomethane] are easily implementable and could provide substantial savings in greenhouse gas emissions.”

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