UKWIN Climate Change Report (October 2018)
This report evaluates the climate change impacts of waste incineration and is intended to inform policy makers, decision-takers, and the public. The need for this study arises in response to the increasing quantities and proportions of UK waste that are incinerated and the necessity to consider the outcomes arising from this increasing level of incineration alongside the various conflicting claims that are made about the climate change impacts of waste incineration.
Revealed: Unreported harmful emissions from English incinerators
New UKWIN report launched 17th July 2018 at the House of Lords. The Report, ‘Waste Incineration and Particulate Pollution: A Failure of Governance’ launched in the House of Lords with cross-party support from John Grogan MP (Labour), Philip Davies MP (Conservative), and Lord Tyler (Liberal Democrat Peer).
The following documents are available in electronic format:
- The report itself, ‘Waste Incineration and Particulate Pollution: A Failure of Governance’ (.pdf).
- Supporting information (.pdf) setting out the case for a moratorium on new waste incineration capacity and the introduction of an incineration tax.
The report reveals:
- Incinerators exceed pollution reporting thresholds for particulates, but do due to a loophole the public is not informed of particulate emissions;
- Levels of emissions of harmful particulate matter and NOx and associated costs to society; and
- A lack of regulation, with official guidance ignored.
The report shows that particulate matter released by English incinerators in 2017 is equivalent to particulate matter emitted by more than a quarter of a million 40-tonne lorries travelling 75,000 miles a year, and the NOx emissions released by English incinerators in 2017 equate to around 80,000 lorries travelling 75,000 miles a year.
The report calls for:
- The development and implementation of accurate systems to measure particulate matter released by incinerators, accompanied by proper enforcement;
- Stricter control of PM1 emissions;
- The introduction of an incineration tax; and
- A moratorium on new waste incineration capacity.
Incinerator moratorium update
A big thank you to the many people who asked their MP to support the call for a moratorium on new incineration capacity. This action was a great success, helping raise the profile of the problems caused by incineration. Early Day Motion 581 has now been signed by representatives of all of the political parties active in Westminster. Click here to see which MPs called for a moratorium on new incineration capacity!
UKWIN has produced briefing documents to support the campaign:
- The ‘Incineration Tax briefing’ (.pdf) supports the case for an incineration tax.
- The ‘Incineration overcapacity’ briefing (.pdf) supports the case that there is no need to build any more incinerators to deal with the UK’s genuinely residual waste.
- The ‘How incineration harms recycling’ briefing (.pdf) supports the case that our current excess incineration capacity is harming recycling and composting.
- The ‘Circular economy and resource productivity’ briefing (.pdf) supports the case that it is highly desirable to move from incineration towards a recycling society.
- The ‘How councils can improve their recycling rates’ briefing (.pdf) supports the case that there are opportunities to recycle and compost more.
…Also see UKWIN’s Response to ESA Briefing (.pdf).
About the UK Without Incineration Network
UKWIN is a not-for-profit established in 2007 to support the national campaign against waste incineration and to promote sustainable approaches to waste management. See Why Oppose Page for additional arguments against waste incineration.
UKWIN offers our thanks to Ondřej Petrlik for his graphic design work on this campaign.