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.
The UK Without Incineration Network (UKWIN) is embarking on their most ambitious campaign yet – calling for a moratorium on new incineration capacity! And they are asking for your help.
There is now more committed incineration capacity than available residual waste to burn, so it is vital that no more incinerators are built in the UK.
UKWIN are asking people to write to their MP asking them to support the call for a moratorium on new incineration capacity. The emissions, the impact on climate change, the harm to recycling and the fact it simply isn’t needed all make incineration an expensive folly that is not required.
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.