energy from waste
How to get the most from waste-to-energy
Generating energy from waste is attracting increasing attention. But incineration causes concerns. Andrew Hamilton says his company has a technology that bypasses the issue
Taking energy from waste without the carbon
It sounds impossible, but it's not. Bill Butterworth reports on a technology which turns waste into compost, and uses it to grow biofuels
The natural solution
With the waste industry facing stricter landfill regulations, increasing numbers of local authorities are turning to in-vessel composting. Alexander Maddan reports
Environmental Case Law Summary, September 06
Once again Edie News and Semple Fraser team up to bring readers the latest on legal cases which impact on environmental industries in the UK and Europe.
Over the next four years, Scottish Water will be delivering a multi-billion pound scheme
Veolia continues green expansion with biomass acquisition
Environmental services firm Veolia has snapped up the business and assets of Boomeco Limited, a waste wood processor and producer of Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF).
From utilities to mining: How Veolia has paved the way for a circular economy
EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Veolia's executive vice-president Estelle Brachlianoff discussed her biggest achievements, challenges and secrets to success in a revealing on-stage interview with edie.
Veolia puts Leeds at heart of circular economy ambition
Waste and water giant Veolia wants Leeds to become "a hub for circular economy innovation", induced by a flagship energy-from-waste (EfW) plant that the firm says will provide a multiple boost for the city.
Is it perfect policy timing for waste?
The United Nations, European Commission and UK Government have all recently announced key policy themes around waste and resources. The question is, will they complement each other?
WRAP and Valpak embark on joint packaging recycling project
Resource body WRAP and environmental consultancy Valpak are to collaborate on new research into the flow of paper and card waste through the market.
Canary Wharf to pilot data-driven building efficiency projects
An open-source Building Information Modelling (BIM) platform and a 'Connected Home' app could be rolled out in London thanks to new funding through a smart-city technology competition.
Yorkshire Water to halve carbon emissions at new sites by 2020
Yorkshire Water has set out a series of six new carbon reduction commitments today as part of a commitment to the Infrastructure Carbon Review.
DECC's subsidy budget reaching crisis point, warns Labour MP
The Government's Levy Control Framework (LCF), which is meant to provide clean energy subsidies through to 2020/21, is "effectively completely bust", a Labour MP has warned.
Climate innovators prepare for 24-hour global 'hackathon'
Students, entrepreneurs and policymakers from around the world are trying to find solutions to climate change problems today (June 18) as part of a global hackathon-style event organised by the EU's climate innovation group, Climate-KIC.
Waste-to-chemicals value network boosted by new partners
A circular economy project investigating how waste can be used as a feedstock for the chemical industry has more than doubled in size since being launched late last year.
North London eyes new energy recovery project to hit 50% recycling target
The North London Waste Authority (NLWA) has unveiled bold plans to develop a new £500m energy recovery facility that will generate electricity from non-recyclable waste to power local homes and businesses.
Canary Wharf trials two new smart-city innovations
Canary Wharf will trial an energy-from-waste scheme and an intelligent building control system as part of a project to find the best smart-city initiatives.
UK GIB launches 'Green Investment Handbook'
The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) has published its 'Green Investment Handbook', outlining the processes that underpin its investment decisions.
New energy-from-waste plant 'signals industry shift'
A £51.6m renewable energy power plant which will provide the equivalent of 17,000 homes with electricity generated from waste wood has been given the go-ahead to be built in Northamptonshire.
GIB invests in groundbreaking £111m recycling plant
The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) is one of three investors funding a first-of-its-kind £111m recycling and waste facility in Scotland.
Edie explains: Renewable Heat Incentive
This week's edie explains looks at the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) - a Government environmental programme that provides financial incentives suppliers of of renewable heat.
The next five years: AD and food waste policy
Food waste policy will shape the future of the anaerobic digestion (AD) industry because 60% of the industry's potential comes from food waste, argues ADBA chief executive Charlotte Morton. Here, she unpicks this issue.
Green light for ground-breaking waste treatment plant
A new waste treatment plant capable of turning flue gas treatment residues (FGT) into carbon-negative building products has been granted planning permission to be built in Bristol.
Food group embraces energy-from-waste with major bio-refineries deal
Food manufacturer 2 Sisters Food Group has signed a multi-million-pound contract to have bio-refineries installed at each of its 43 UK factories.
UK heading for waste treatment overcapacity, new report finds
The UK is at risk of having far more incineration capacity than it needs by 2017/18, according to a new report by resource management consultancy Eunomia.
London will see opening of second commercial-scale AD plant in 2015
Construction has begun on London's second commercial-scale anaerobic digestion (AD) facility at Cattlegate Farm in Potters Bar.
Sustainability Live partners with edie for revamped 2015 event
The UK's leading hub of energy and sustainability solutions for the UK business community is back for another year - and this time, edie is taking centre stage with a host of new features, networking events and a high-level conference.
Green Investment Bank supports waste innovation with £33m investment
The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) has given its financial backing to a new waste treatment facility and anaerobic digestion (AD) plant North Yorkshire, which will process up to 320,000 tonnes of waste per year.
New energy-from-waste plant hits Exeter
Devon County Council has opened a new energy-from-waste facility which will generate renewable energy from 60,000 tonnes of household waste in Exeter and surrounding areas.
£9.4m on offer for green heat technologies
The Government has launched two new low-carbon heating schemes for developers and local councils in a bid to reduce dependency on costly, imported gas.
SITA remains carbon-neutral with circular economy approach
The circular economy model adopted by recycling and waste management company SITA kept the firm carbon-neutral in 2013, despite emitting 578,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide.
Designing energy-from-waste plants for communities off-piste
Imagine going up an 85-metre climbing wall and then imagine viewing an artificial ski slope when you reach the top. Now imagine skiing down that ski slope which happens to rest on top of the roof of a €500m energy-from-waste (EfW) plant. Your imagination is not running wild - this is about to become reality in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2017. Liz Gyekye reports.
West Sussex approves circular technology park
West Sussex county council has today (24 July) granted Grundon Waste Management planning permission for its new Circular Technology Park in Ford, West Sussex.
Resource management industry urges Government to launch investigation into waste facility 'infrastructure gap'
A resource management industry group has written to a number of ministers urging them to launch an investigation into tackling the UK's waste facility "infrastructure gap".
Top 10 Wimbledon Sustainability Facts
Wimbledon attracts almost half a million tennis fans each year to watch the world's finest tennis players at the All-England Club. But how sustainable is the historic tournament?
Renewable energy industry dismisses calls for EU-wide changes
The renewables sector has hit back at comments made earlier this week by Energy UK that it has an 'emotion-driven and expensive' agenda.
Green heat technologies more affordable with RHI upgrade
Businesses across the country are being offered 'greater choice than ever before' on how to sustainably meet their heating requirements as long-awaited improvements to the world's first Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme come into force today (28 May).
Scottish Parliament urged to make circular economy a top priority
A panel of leading organisations have urged the Scottish Parliament to make the circular economy a top priority.
Circular economy 'failing' to place value on energy recovery
EXCLUSIVE: The emerging circular economy agenda is overlooking the valuable role energy-from-waste (EfW) can play, a leading industry academic has warned.
On-Farm AD Loan Fund launched by WRAP
Farmers across the country are now able to apply for a loan of up to £400,000 to build small-scale anaerobic digestion (AD) plants on their land, as part of a £3m initiative from Defra and WRAP.
Business Secretary opens London's 'first' commercial-scale AD plant
Business Secretary Vince Cable has opened London's first commercial-scale anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in Dagenham.
Norfolk County Council ceases EfW contract
Norfolk County Council's Cabinet has voted to abandon its King's Lynn energy-from-waste (EfW) contract with Cory Wheelabrator.
UK Green Investment Bank invests £51m in energy-from-waste project
The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) is investing £51m in a proposed new energy-from-waste plant in Kings Lynn, Norfolk.
Defra calls for evidence on RDF market
Defra has issued a call for evidence on the refuse derived fuel (RDF) market in England in order to "fill the gaps" in its evidence base.
Private equity firm backs Impetus Waste Management MBO
Private equity specialist Agilitas has announced that it has invested in the management buyout of Impetus Waste Management.
UK GIB invests £20m in new energy-from-waste centre
UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) is investing in a new £250m energy recovery centre to be built in Teesside.
House of Lords evidence session targets economic value of waste
A House of Lords committee is meeting today to explore the opportunities of creating a multi-million pound economy from waste products across agriculture, industry and households.
Green light to build two waste treatment plants
Waste treatment infrastructure has received a boost with two plants in the south of England getting planning permission in the past two weeks.
UK's largest offshore wind demonstration site gets go ahead
Development of the UK's largest offshore wind demonstration site has received dual planning consents for the construction of the site and the onshore substation.
Public warming to 'social value' of energy-from-waste
Public acceptance for energy-from-waste (EfW) facilities is growing especially if such infrastructure can be linked to community benefit packages, new research has shown.
Major funding setback for Norfolk EfW project
A £169m waste infrastructure grant to build an energy-from-waste facility in Norfolk has been withdrawn by Defra.
Biffa snaps up Shanks for £9.5m
Shanks has agreed to sell the majority of its UK solid waste business to Biffa. The purchase, set at £9.5m and subject to regulatory approvals, is due to be completed by the end the year.
North London drops £3bn waste contracts
The North London Waste Authority (NLWA) has ditched plans to procure two major waste contracts worth a combined £3bn.
UK paper industry calls for policy review on raw materials
MPs must evaluate their policies on raw materials, energy and water, to ensure that the UK Paper Industry remains competitive in the global arena, says the Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI).
Screwfix makes "huge" savings by collecting its own waste
Who said that more stores means more waste? Tools retailer Screwfix has managed to increase its number of stores from 70 to 285 in the past six years, while achieving zero waste to landfill.
Latest sponsor adds support to Sustainability Leaders Awards 2013
edie and Sustainable Business magazine are delighted to welcome Air Products on board as a 2013 Sustainability Leaders Awards sponsor.
Urban mining aims to redefine waste as an asset
We need to recognise urban wastes as assets and resources to be reused, recycled and recovered - and this requires some mental digging, argues Chris Coggins
Waste CO2 shows 'closed loop' supply potential for National Grid
Waste carbon emissions could be harvested to generate significants amounts of electricity through an old-fashioned laboratory treatment method, Dutch scientists have claimed.
Viridor appoints new CEO to build on Drummond's legacy
Ian McAulay has been appointed as Viridor's new chief executive, taking over from Colin Drummond who retires next month after leading the UK waste and recycling business for 20 years.
Crayola goes back to the classroom to close 'pen to fuel' loop
Crayola is working with schools in the US on a closed loop recovery scheme to recover its used plastic marker pens and convert them into renewable energy.
UK playing 'risky' game with heavy reliance on RDF/SRF exports
Future market volatility around refuse-derived fuel (RDF) and solid recovered fuel (SRF) could put the UK's renewable energy strategy at risk, new research has warned.
EXCLUSIVE: Design out construction waste with a 'joined up' building process
Waste produced from the construction process could be completely designed out if there was more integrated thinking and communication within the industry, says Institute of Sustainability's Terry McGivern.
Jewson strengthens Biffa partnership with waste to energy deal
Building materials supplier Jewson has secured a "ground breaking 360°" green energy supply initiative with waste management partner Biffa.
Does waste need a new language?
The terminology around waste is a much debated issue and as the language surrounding it evolves, this throws up some interesting dilemmas for society at large, ponders Mike Tregent
Incineration must be challenged to avoid 'environmental vandalism'
The waste industry is at risk of "walking blindly" into a "resource wasting trap" by relying too much on incineration as a disposal option, a leading authority has warned.
Siemens and ADBA unite to lobby for more renewables powered by EfW
Siemens and the Anaerobic Digestion & Biogas Association (ADBA) have jointly called for a rapid sea change in policy to encourage greater uptake of energy-from-waste (EfW) within renewables.
European EfW market soon to 'peak' as UK reaches saturation point
The waste-to-energy market is slowing down according to new research, which suggests that the commissioning of new capacity will decrease in the UK and across Europe from 2015 onwards.
'Wastes for vehicle fuels win-win' says sustainable transport minister
The Government has voiced strong support for waste-generated biomethane to drive uptake of renewable gas-powered vehicles.
Consented waste plants face growing struggle for finance
Investor uncertainty is holding back a significant number of waste treatment facilities from coming on-stream, new research has revealed.
EfW policy inertia is 'damaging' UK's energy security ambition
There is a pressing need for the waste industry to work more collaboratively with government to fully exploit the energy potential of residual waste via heat networks, a leading expert has said.
EfW powers ahead with emerging trend for smarter diversion
Market momentum continues around energy-from-waste with many investors showing appetite for a mix of technologies as landfill diversion takes hold and new infrastructure comes on-stream.
Defra minister unveils Agrivert anaerobic digestion plant
Defra resource minister Lord de Mauley officially opened Agrivert's second anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in Oxfordshire this morning (17 May).
EfW giant Covanta Energy puts UK arm up for sale
Global energy-from-waste (EfW) giant Covanta Energy is seeking a buyer or partner for its British arm following a strategic review of its UK operations.
DECC launches consultation on 'deeply flawed' biomass cap
DECC has today launched a four-week consultation with proposals on how to controversially limit new biomass projects under the Renewables Obligation mechanism.
EXCLUSIVE: Viridor CEO urges ministers to set energy targets for EfW
Senior politicians should spell out the contribution that energy-from-waste (EfW) can make in a future energy mix amid concerns the UK is sleep walking into an energy crisis.
In brief: Energy-from-waste contract news
Momentum continues to build in the energy-from-waste (EfW) market with latest developments centring on long-term municipal contracts and ambitious plans for anaerobic digestion.
Location 'dealmaker' for merchant EfW backing, investor hints
The site location of energy-from-waste (EfW) plants in relation to feedstock is a significant determining factor in attracting investment for merchant projects.
Experts call for EFW revolution as energy demands soar
Experts have agreed that the UK's energy demand must be tackled through recovering energy from waste, during a debate at Sustainability Live.
EfW under the spotlight at circular economy debate
The role of energy-from-waste (EfW) in an emerging circular economy will be debated at a special Resource Revolution session held at Sustainability Live next week.
London investment fund seeks to rescue ailing waste projects
Waste projects that are in danger of being shelved due to a lack of funding will be targeted under a new scheme that aims to safeguard their future.
Viridor and E.ON in talks over Cardiff district heating scheme
Waste management company Viridor has confirmed it is in talks with energy firm E.ON to develop a district heating network powered by an energy-from-waste plant currently under development.
Biofuel waste offers concrete gains for greener cement
Waste from biofuel could drive the production of more sustainable concrete through a pioneering closed loop process.
Has Defra delivered a guiding light on EfW?
The Government's recent energy-from-waste guide aims to offer some clarity on the energy recovery debate, but how helpful is it? Rebecca Eatwell attempts to find out
ANALYSIS: Energy powers up as circular economy bottleneck
Questions are being asked over whether there is a valid role for energy-from-waste in the emerging circular economy as design principles underpinning goods and services start to be realigned with material optimisation.
Thames Water to boost renewables portfolio to 20%
Thames Water is to generate 20% of its energy requirements through renewable sources with the installation of pre-conditioning plants for anaerobic digestion (AD).
Value of European EfW market will rise to $5bn by 2016
Investment in the European energy-from-waste (EfW) market is expected to reach $5bn by 2016 as landfill diversion strategies gather pace over the next three years.
In brief: Energy-from-waste contract news
The latest activity in the energy recovery sector sees three major infrastructure projects take flight including a novel incinerator bottom ash recycling facility underpinned by a sustainable mode of transport.
£1bn investment needed in Scottish waste revamp
A £1bn push on waste infrastructure is needed in the next decade if Scotland is to meet its zero waste objectives and avoid substantial fines.
Sustainability Live to host 'climate summit' from Mount Everest
Intrepid explorer Mark Wood will be linking from his Mount Everest ascent expedition at this year's Sustainability Live exhibition to raise awareness for international climate change issues.
In brief: Energy-from-waste contract news
Energy recovery infrastructure has received a boost with several significant infrastructure developments in the pipeline following contract wins.
Waste biomethane receives quality boost for gas-to-grid injection
A quality protocol for waste-derived biomethane which could bring significant benefits for the economy has moved a step closer following recent developments.
AD capacity set to strengthen with flurry of contract activity
Anaerobic digestion has undergone a growth spurt in recent weeks, with several facilities coming on-stream or in the process of being built, suggesting an uplift in the sector.
EfW tool set to optimise energy outputs from residual waste
A tool to help calculate renewable energy outputs from waste materials is set to optimise recovery processes at energy-from-waste (EfW) plants.
British renewables power ahead
The Government has hailed the progress of the renewable energy industry in the UK, describing it as a "fantastic achievement".
In brief: Energy-from-waste contract news
Lots of activity on the energy recovery front of late, as the next tranche of treatment infrastructure gets the green light across the UK.
£750m worth of renewable energy could power public sector
The Government could see half its energy portfolio, worth £750m, powered by renewables after launching a trial which will offer clean energy operators long-term contracts.
Landfill tax 'successor' needed to push waste up hierarchy
A new tranche of green tax measures has been called for to stimulate sustainable investment at the top end of the waste hierarchy.
Is it time to come clean on SRF?
Should solid recovered fuel be reclassified as a product or a fuel? Marcus Brew considers the arguments for and against
AD activity heightens as plant efficiency comes under scrutiny
Momentum around anaerobic digestion (AD) continues as key players look to increase market share in the sector on the back of wider moves to boost plant efficiency and operating costs.
Tarmac makes concrete gains in asphalt recovery
Tarmac has increased its capacity to process recycled asphalt planings (RAP) by investing in a RAP ecological dryer, one of only four units in the UK.