July 18th, 2014

CfD FiTs: CHP-ing away at DECC’s biomass strategy?

Photo by Rick Kimpel, via Wikimedia Commons.

by Adam Baddeley

 

Is the Government’s approach to the use of biomass to meet our power needs in danger of being subverted? The renewable energy sector is a dense thicket of acronyms, denoting the range of subsidies and contracting mechanisms being used to provide support to the various technologies being used to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. In the case of biomass, there appears to be a real risk that both investors and the Government may be uncertain about the overall effect of these complex rules, which risk undermining the policy position that has been settled on.

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March 14th, 2014

Is bad data blocking waste infrastructure investment?

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by Adam Baddeley and Chris Cullen

 

We’ve been reading SITA’s recent report on waste arisings and infrastructure, which found that by 2025 the UK would have 5.7m tonnes more waste than treatment capacity. It’s a conclusion that we have issues with: we’re authors of Eunomia’s Residual Waste Infrastructure Review, which has consistently shown that the capacity of the incinerators, MBT plants and other residual treatment plant that we expect to be built in coming years risks exceeding the tonnage of waste which will need to be managed in future. But whilst it’s worth pausing to point out where we think SITA has erred, the report raises a more interesting issue: what is really holding up the infrastructure investment that SITA and others think is so urgently needed?

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January 24th, 2014

Difficult to digest: problems with the C&I food waste market

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by Hattie Parke and Adam Baddeley

 

How well is the anaerobic digestion (AD) market developing in the UK? It’s a question that should concern not just investors and developers, but also policy makers and anyone else who wants to see more food waste treated higher up the waste hierarchy.

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March 5th, 2013

How much is too much?

Change in Waste Treatment Capacity since May 2012

by Adam Baddeley

 

Last week’s announcement by Defra that it was withdrawing around a combined £200 million of PFI funding from three waste projects (Merseyside, Bradford / Calderdale, City of York / North Yorkshire) was met with some anger and derision across the waste industry. No surprises that the loudest voices were those who have invested significant amounts in these projects, not least the successful bidders (or ‘nearly successful’ in the case of Merseyside) in each related procurement.

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December 18th, 2012

Waste infrastructure: consenting, contracting and construction

Figure 1 - Contract and non-contract capacity

by Adam Baddeley and Chris Cullen

 

Following on from our blog piece on the treatment capacity of the ‘Big 7’ waste management players in the UK, we have decided to examine the balance between contracted and non-contracted residual waste treatment capacity in the pipeline. By ‘contracted capacity’ we mean facilities that have signed a long-term local authority (LA) contract; ‘non-contracted’ capacity may be facilities that are intending to operate in the merchant sector, or could be currently involved in a procurement process for a local authority contract.

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December 7th, 2012

Residual waste treatment: who’s the daddy?

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by Adam Baddeley and Chris Cullen

 

Last week Eunomia published the latest update to its Residual Waste Infrastructure Review. We thought it would be interesting to cut the numbers differently and take a look at who amongst the ‘Big 7’ players in the UK is actually developing the most new waste treatment capacity.

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October 9th, 2012

Exports: a waste of energy?

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by Adam Baddeley

 

An article by one my colleagues last year set out an intelligent case for the export of waste from the UK for use as fuel in other European Union (EU) Member States, particularly highlighting that this need not be just a short-term fix. But the debate rumbles on, and has begun to take new forms, so I thought I would examine the numbers and see how the case for retaining our refuse derived fuel (RDF), also known as solid recovered fuel (SRF), for incineration in the UK, stacks up.

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