UKWIN’s Emissions Dispersion Modelling Appraisal focuses on modelling emissions from point sources and on emissions from incinerators in particular including the relative performance of competing modelling systems ADMS and AERMOD, and it has been updated.

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Air Products has opted to face a $1bn write-off in preference to carrying on with their doomed gasification projects in Tees Valley, and have belatedly decided to get out of the so-called ‘Advanced Thermal Treatment’ business “blaming technical problems and rising costs” (Source). Continue reading »

The following letter was today sent by UKWIN to Jonathan Taylor, Vice President of the European Investment Bank (EIB):

Hello Jonathan,

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The EIB should be supporting the circular economy and removing waste from the residual stream, not perpetuating outdated technologies that result in the lock-in of valuable resources into the bottom tiers of the waste hierarchy.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.

Regards,

Shlomo Dowen,
National Coordinator of the United Kingdom Without Incineration Network

 

Following on closely from the Secretary of State’s decision to call-in one of their incinerator applications due to various concerns about their proposal, beleaguered Clean Power Properties has been faced with a double whammy today in both England and Wales.

Whilst the website of RLand, advisors to Clean Power Properties, have boasted that: “…Projects are…taken expertly from inception, through planning and development, to full operation and maintenance”, in fact none of CPP’s incineration plants proposed in the UK have ever obtained an Environmental Permit, let alone become operational, and CPP has actually suffered a series of planning failures.

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The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has called-in an application to vary the planning conditions for an incinerator proposed by Clean Power Properties for Corby, Northamptonshire. This means that the controversial proposals will be considered by a Planning Inspector at a Public Inquiry where evidence will be heard. The Inspector will then produce a report offering recommendations and the final decision will be made by the Secretary of State. Continue reading »

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 »

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