Edie Webinar considers Waste Strategy issues
10 April 2012, News release from Covanta
Edie webinar, 11am, 20th April 2012.
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Developments in the government's Waste Strategy (and related energy and planning policies) have been long in gestation and much debated. At best they could unlock some of the barriers to both waste and energy infrastructure development - at worst they could result in recourse to more debate, and a loss of vital inward investment. David Massingham, Director of Public Affairs for Covanta Energy, considers the current Waste Strategy and reflects on its implications for investment in the latest Edie Webinar which will take place at 11am on 20th April, 2012.
In the first section of the webinar David will present the current situation, considering waste arisings and treatment capacity in the light of both waste and energy legislation and the economic and planning climate. He will then progress to consider how the waste and related strategies could and should change and the impacts that this will have on the deliverability of waste infrastructure.
Explaining the remit of the webinar, David said: "While the financial climate remains difficult, it's no surprise that many of those local authorities who are still to put residual waste solutions in place have had to take a step back to reconsider their options. But the UK cannot afford a protracted period of reconsideration if we are to deliver the required waste and energy capacity to meet targets and actual need.
"Government energy policy has already identified Energy-from-Waste (EfW) as one of a handful of technologies that are critical to delivering energy security and low carbon objectives. It is our belief, however, that if we are to deliver the full potential of EfW, we are going to need to exploit resources beyond the municipal sector, especially the energy value of residual Commercial & Industrial (C&I) waste.
"There have been a lot of developments recently in waste, planning and energy policy, but so far there is little sign that the disparate strands are being brought together into a single thread that will provide confidence for investors. Joining up the dots of all of these combined waste and energy considerations, and taking into account planning and localism, is an enormous challenge - for government and for those working within the sector. There's a lot to discuss; I'm expecting the Edie forum to encourage a lively and timely debate."
Covanta is the largest Energy-from-Waste provider in the world, operating 46 plants worldwide. The company has more than 25 years' experience and treats over 18 million tonnes or residual waste annually from which it derives more than 9 million megawatt hours of sustainable energy.
Covanta is making a substantial investment into the UK and Irish Energy-from-Waste markets, potentially delivering up to 2 million tonnes of EfW capacity over the next few years. Through this programme Covanta will be investing in communities, through job creation and community partnerships.
Covanta is currently developing five strategically important sites, all of which are in locations close to high levels of household and commercial waste generation. All have excellent transport links and are located in areas which offer excellent potential for economic development and deployment of combined heat and power.
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