The following letter was today sent by UKWIN to Jonathan Taylor, Vice President of the European Investment Bank (EIB):
We are disappointed to read at http://www.pennon-group.co.uk/media/news/european-investment-bank-confirms-%C2%A3110m-funding-cardiff-erf that the EIB is still supporting incineration projects.
The EIB should be supporting the circular economy and removing waste from the residual stream, not perpetuating outdated technologies that result in the lock-in of valuable resources into the bottom tiers of the waste hierarchy.
There are no guarantees that the feedstock would not be reduced, re-used and recycled given appropriate education, collection, sorting and treatment infrastructure. Furthermore, there is already more incineration capacity built and under construction in the UK than there is genuinely residual waste to burn.
“We have to have a circular economy concept, so it’s highly important that we’re pumping back materials into the economy rather than burning or burying them.” – William Neale, then member of cabinet for European Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik with responsibility for waste.
The EIB should cease all unsustainable investments in harmful technologies, including incineration, and attempt to de-fund any incineration projects (including gasification and pyrolysis) already funded so as to allow for a rapid move towards a more circular economy and a recycling society.
National Coordinator of the United Kingdom Without Incineration Network