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Guide sets future energy from waste policy

A new guide to energy from waste has been produced by Defra to try to give the industry long-term certainty on the direction of policy affecting the technology.

Energy from waste – a guide to the debate updates earlier guidance, but with an additional chapter looking at the future of policy towards energy recovery from waste.

Governments cannot bind their successors, but the guidance statement describes the chapter on future policy as identifying “underlying principles that are likely to continue as key considerations for both government and the sector in the future”.

It said direct Government support for energy from waste will be driven by the need to correct market failures that prevent government from reaching its stated goals, for example targets to reduce the use of landfill.

Government support “will be focussed to enable those goals to be reached but achieving beyond them, while often desirable, will be left to the market”, it said.

Launching the guide at a conference in London, Defra director for resource and waste Colin Church reiterated the importance of energy-from-waste as an investment opportunity and noted the increasing importance of combined heat power (CHP) plants.

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