The United Kingdom Without Incineration Network (UKWIN) has today launched a report that looks into the climate change impacts of waste incineration in the UK.
The 56-page report found that in 2017 the UK’s 42 incinerators released a combined total of nearly 11 million tonnes of CO2. Around 5 million tonnes of this CO2 was emitted through the incineration of fossil-based materials such as plastic. The 5 million tonnes of fossil CO2 released by UK incinerators in 2017 is estimated to have resulted in an unpaid cost to society of around £325 million.
The report highlights yet another way that plastic is harming our environment, with polluters getting away without paying their fair share for the climate damage that they are causing. The study says that over the next 30 years the total cost to society of fossil CO2 released by UK’s current incinerators equates to more than £25 billion pounds of harm arising from the release of around 205 million tonnes of fossil CO2.
Update: 24 April 2018 – there is still no decision from the Scottish Government on the appeal – it is still ‘under consideration’.
It has been nearly 3.5 years (Oct 2014) since the initial proposal of application notice was received outlining the plans to install a gasification plant at the South Street site. Yesterday we received confirmation that the report and recommendations has been submitted to Scottish Ministers.
With regards to timescales a senior planner will do an assessment of the report and this would then be used to inform the submission to the Minister. Ministers intention is to issue decisions within 2 months of receipt of the report in the majority of cases and in all cases within 3 months.
This means we can expect to hear from the Ministers hopefully before the end of March and certainly before the end of April.
We also thought it would be useful to reflect on the what has happened over the past 28 months…
The United Kingdom Without Incineration Network (UKWIN) has recently published a briefing entitled “Gasification Failures in the UK: Bankrupticies and Abandonment”. This seven-page document draws upon published material to highlight how risky an investment these technologies have proved to be.
Gasification and pyrolysis, both forms of waste incineration euphemistically known as ‘Advanced Thermal Treatment’, constitute some of the riskiest and most unreliable technologies in the waste industry and are associated with scores of bankruptcies, failures and broken promises.
UKWIN’s latest briefing provides information about more than a dozen examples of gasification failures, including the high-profile situation where industrial gasses giant Air Products wrote off a billion dollars of squandered investment in their Tees Valley plasma-arc gasification plants because even after years of effort they could not get the technology to work.