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Since our inspiring and uplifting Annual General Meeting in London at the very end of May UKWIN members have celebrated a number of victories in campaigns to prevent new waste incineration capacity. Continue reading »

On the 3rd of August 2015 a Planning Inspector decided to refuse planning permission for a circa 140ktpa gasification-type incinerator proposed for Lock Street (appeal ref 2224529). This decision has a fair amount of history, providing both an interesting case study and a useful precedent for other facilities with unsubstantiated R1 and carbon claims. Continue reading »

Biofuelwatch has produced a 40-page report entitled “Biomass Gasification and Pyrolysis: How UK Support for ‘Energy Innovation’ Leads to Business Failures and Particularly Inefficient and Dirty Biomass Power Stations”.  Continue reading »

Clean Power Properties (CPP) has withdrawn their appeal against refusal of planning permission for their incineration (pyrolysis) proposal at Bridgewater Road, Cross Green, Leeds. Continue reading »

Speaking about the appointment of Rory Stewart MP as Parliamentary Under Secretary with responsibility for ‘resource and environmental management’ the National Coordinator of the United Kingdom Without Incineration Network (UKWIN), Shlomo Dowen, said:

Locking our valuable materials into incineration is a serious long-term risk to UK resource security. Government-subsidised and Government-sanctioned incineration overcapacity harms the markets for recycling and reduces the marginal benefits of waste minimisation and re-use schemes, causing significant environmental harm. As such, UKWIN calls on the new Resource minister to work with us and his colleagues in Government to develop an incineration exit strategy that will allow for a move to a zero waste circular economy.

Those concerned about waste incineration can make their thoughts and feelings known to the new Resource Minister by writing to him at: rory.stewart.mp@parliament.uk

The United Kingdom Without Incineration Network (UKWIN) held its eighth Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday 30th May 2015 at the Greenpeace Offices in London. Continue reading »

As part of our ongoing “Banking on Big Biomass” campaign, Biofuelwatch and the UK Without Incineration Network (UKWIN) will be paying a visit to the Green Investment Bank (GIB) at their Annual Review on Thursday the 25th of June from 9.30am – 12.30pm at Gibson Hall, London, EC2N 3BA. Continue reading »

A 420,000 tpa gasification-type incinerator, promoted by Pacific Green Technologies (PGTK, who took over PREL) as ‘EnergyPark Sutton Bridge’, has been refused planning consent by South Holland District Council.

Back in January 2014 the planning committee decided to grant planning consent, but this was successfully challenged by local campaigner Shirley Giles (who was represented by Deighton Pierce Glynn) who convinced the Council to agree to a quashing order at the High Court because the Council had “not properly considered the sustainability of the proposal before giving it the green light” [Source].

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This year’s UKWIN AGM will be open to all UKWIN Members free of charge (donations always welcome), from 11am at the Greenpeace Office in London on Saturday 30th May 2015. Note: please bring your own lunch, or eat nearby, this time.

I am very pleased to announce that our Guest Speaker will be Zero Waste Europe Director Joan Marc Simon. Joan Marc will speak about the evolving European policy context for waste management as well as the best ways for promoting the zero waste agenda.

Contact shlomo.dowen@gmail.com to book your place(s).

Relevant Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/396461387198760/

Some of the Lush funding, alongside some of UKWIN’s reserves, is ring-fenced to cover venue costs for a Skill-sharing and Strategy Workshop for the wider movement (including, but not limited to members of UKWIN, Biofuelwatch, Zero Waste England, etc.).

This Campaign Workshop could be held at the Birmingham Voluntary Service Council (BVSC) building on a Saturday after the AGM, sometime between 4th July and 17th October 2015. No doubt this will be something discussed at the Open Meeting, alongside preparations for the AGM, etc.

The Workshop would cover topics such as: Positive alternatives to incineration (to follow on from Joan Marc’s AGM presentation); how to work with local communities and others to bring about lasting changes in opinions and behaviour in relation to resource use / waste management, and possibly also accessing and making effective use of environmental information and/or sharing campaigning experiences and strategies.

To help us decide on a date and focus for this Workshop, those of you who might consider attending are asked to complete the short survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NYRR282

Existing UKWIN Directors (Trustees) think it would be good for UKWIN Members (including potential future UKWIN Trustees) to be invited to our next Meeting in Birmingham to increase the level of engagement with UKWIN members. Agenda items are expected to include discussions of the AGM programme and UKWIN workshop, UKWIN’s medium-term priorities, and opportunities for partnership working.

We applied for, and have been granted, £2,000 from Lush for a UKWIN Volunteer Travel and Venue Fund. This means we can hire the Birmingham Friends of the Earth (Warehouse) venue for an “open meeting” at some point between now and the AGM. There will be a small pot of money to share out to help cover travel expenses.
To help us decide on a date for this meeting (which would start at 11am and carry on until around 4pm), those of you who might consider attending are asked to indicate preferred dates using the Doodle Poll Facility at:
http://doodle.com/7cds78d7zym5x2zt

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