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The EIB should be supporting the circular economy and removing waste from the residual stream, not perpetuating outdated technologies that result in the lock-in of valuable resources into the bottom tiers of the waste hierarchy.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

Double defeat for Clean Power Properties

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Another incinerator setback for Clean Power Properties

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 […]

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Winning Summer for UKWIN

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.

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Incinerator refused at Lock Street appeal

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.

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New Biofuelwatch Report on Gasification and Pyrolysis

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”. 

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CPP withdraws Leeds Appeal

Clean Power Properties (CPP) has withdrawn their appeal against refusal of planning permission for their incineration (pyrolysis) proposal at Bridgewater Road, Cross Green, Leeds.

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UKWIN calls on new Resource Minister to stop incineration

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 […]

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UKWIN 2015 AGM: ‘Europe Without Incineration’

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.

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Green Investment Bank Annual Review Protest (25 June 2015)

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.

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Wingland incinerator refused by planning committee

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 […]

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