Government’s main focus is on preventing waste in the first place or where it does arise ensuring it is viewed as a valuable resource, ideally reusing or recycling it. It is also Government policy that efficiently recovering energy from residual waste has a valuable role to play in both diverting waste from landfill and energy generation.
In the 2011 Waste Review, Government set the goal of ensuring that recovery of energy from waste and its place in the waste hierarchy is understood and valued by households, businesses and the public sector in the same way as reuse and recycling. This guide aims to help deliver that goal by providing a credible reference document to inform discussions and decisions relating to energy from waste.
The Guide will be relevant to those wishing to engage in the debate about energy recovery, including members of the public; waste and planning officials in local government; elected members of local and national government; the waste management industry; energy intensive industries; energy companies; developers and technology providers; non-governmental organisations; and those looking to finance energy from waste projects.
The Guide does not set out any new policy; but by highlighting key environmental, technical and economic issues aims to raise the level of understanding and debate around energy from waste. It also identifies options that could be considered and some of the main points where decisions can be influenced.
The overview section provides all of the key messages from the guide, while the main chapters provide more detailed information with hyperlinks to further reading.