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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June 14th, 2013

Continental drift – how much might UK waste exports grow?

Towering inferno - Germany

By Chris Cullen

 

Eunomia’s recently published 4th issue of its ‘Residual Waste Infrastructure Review’ continues to highlight the high (and growing) level of residual waste treatment capacity that is sitting with planning consent. If constructed, this will greatly exceed the amount of residual waste the UK produces and will hamper efforts to increase recycling and reuse.

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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?

RWIR Fig 1

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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August 16th, 2012

Chickens, eggs and mixed plastics

Two Rubber Chickens

By Chris Cullen

 

Last month I attended a conference on mixed plastics recycling sponsored by Nestlé, the major food producer. They had reached a plateau in their efforts to increase the recycled content of their plastic packaging. The problem, as they saw it, was that there was insufficient UK infrastructure to sort and reprocess mixed plastic packaging, forcing then to rely primarily on virgin plastic.

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November 21st, 2011

No more hot air; just more wind and gas

CO2 Emissions from the Fossil Fuel Power Sector (2010-2035)

by Adam Baddeley, Sam Taylor and Chris Cullen

 

Secure, clean and affordable – it is hard to argue with the policy objectives for UK electricity supply in July’s White Paper on Electricity Market Reform (EMR). But much remains to be debated – first and foremost whether any achievable mix of generation can meet all three objectives.

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