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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.

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Over the next four years, Scottish Water will be delivering a multi-billion pound scheme

Veolia said the purchase will support their transition to a circular economy

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).

Veolia's executive vice-president Estelle Brachlianoff explained how the company has adopted an operation-wide ethos to promote sustainability

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.

The new energy-from-waste plant will remove recyclable waste from black bins and recover energy from what is left over. Image: Veolia

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?

The research for Defra will study how much packaging is recycled and sent to landfill

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.

The Cognicity Challenge was set up to identify and pilot smart-city technology on the Canary Wharf estate.

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 has invested in renewable energy and energy-from-waste installations at its sites

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.

Labour MP Alan Whitehead was speaking at an energy-from-waste industry conference held by Siemens in London this week

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-KIC's Climathon takes place in major cities across 6 continents

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.

The project seeks to to manufacture synthesis gas from domestic and other waste and use it as a feedstock for making products such as methanol and ammonia

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.

The project would use waste left over after recycling as a fuel to generate electricity and heat for local homes and businesses

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.

SEaB Energy and Demand Logic have each been awarded £50,000 to implement their technologies at the Canary Wharf estate in the Docklands

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.

The handbook attempts to provide a practical template for businesses looking to make green investments

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.

Welland Bio Power Plant will divert up to 60,000 dry tonnes of dry waste wood from landfill each year

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.

Working together, the two facilities will save around 1.3 million tonnes of CO2e emissions

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.

Charlotte Morton is chief executive of the Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA)

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.

Inside the Carbon8 facility in Suffolk

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.

The bio-refinery is a green and cost-effective way for companies to dispose of waste and use it to power their own sites

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.

Eunomia finds that the UK is at risk of having more residual waste treatment plants than it needs

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.

The 25,000 tonne facility is currently under construction at Cattlegate Farm in Potters Bar

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 2015 will return to the NEC Birmingham on April 21-23

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.

The plant will process up to 320,000 tonnes of household, commercial and industrial waste per year

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.

Energy from waste is the best way to deal with waste which can't be reduced, reused and recycled. Photo: Theo Moye

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.

Heat networks generate thermal energy at a central source and disperse it

£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.

855,000 Mwh of electricity was generated from energy recovery schemes.

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.

The Amager Bakke EfW plant will have a man-made ski slope on its roof. It will be accessible to the public and is due to open in the summer of 2017

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.

Grundon's newly approved circular technology park will have the capacity to process 200,000 tonnes of waste per year

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.

Industry group claims that the UK needs more waste treatment infrastructure

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".

Did you know that a Wimbledon tennis ball travels through 11 countries to reach the tournament?

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?

The REA says solar and wind could be competing on price with fossil fuels by the end of this decade

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.

Support for solar water heating has increased to 10p per kWh

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).

Top organisations back circular economy

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.

Is design-led incineration the answer? This artistic energy recovery plant in Wien in Vienna is a popular tourist attraction (photo credit: Igor Plotnikov /

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.

Farmers can apply for the On-Farm AD Loan Fund of up to £400,000 per farm

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 Vince Cable praises the Green Investment Bank for making investment in new plant

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.

Artist impression of planned EfW plant

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.

The Willows Power & Recycling Centre will process 170,000 tonnes of black bag waste from households across the county into 170 GWh of electricity per annum

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.

Impetus will supply waste for a new gasification plant

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.

The new energy-from-waste facility will convert more than 420,000 tonnes of residual waste into energy each year, which would have otherwise gone to landfill

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.

Artist impression of ReFood's Dagenham AD plant

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.

Permission to construct the UK's largest onshore wind demonstration site has been granted

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.

Out of pocket: the funding withdrawal is a major blow of the authority

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 will acquire all of Shanks' UK Solid Waste business with the exception of Elstow and Kettering and Blochairn

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.

The tender process has cost NLWA £21m, but the new strategy could save £900m over the life of the abandoned contracts

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).

At each store, staff separate the waste into two streams - general waste and mixed recyclables.

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 and Biffa have been working together since 2006

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.

Norman Baker highlighted potential for waste-generated biomethane

'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.

Peel Environmental's proposed AD plant

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.

Colin Drummond has been an industry figurehead

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.

Artist's impression of the new MBT facility in Essex

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.

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£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.

Climate campaigner Mark Wood is new patron for Sustainability Live

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.

ENER-G gets to work on landfill gas generation

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.

Build work gets off to a chilly start  for PDM in Widnes

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.

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