New practical guides will help businesses looking to develop EfW facilities

12th September 2012

A new suite of guidance on energy from waste (EfW) will be launched by WRAP at the RWM exhibition on 12 September 2012. The guidance provides practical information for businesses looking at developing smaller-scale EfW facilities as a waste treatment option, where waste prevention, re-use or recycling of residual waste isn’t possible.

Ian Wardle, Head of Organics and Energy from Waste at WRAP, said: “If we are to achieve a zero waste economy and meet our renewable energy targets, EfW has a valuable contribution to make. The waste hierarchy emphasises the importance of preventing, re-using and recycling waste before recovering energy from it. However, not everything can be recycled and recovering energy from unavoidable residual waste may be preferable to landfill. 

“While it is still a developing industry, this suite of guidance will help to build knowledge of EfW and provide clear and concise information to those businesses that are exploring EfW as a treatment option.”

The full suite of guidance brings together a wealth of information in a concise format, providing clarity and guidance at key stages of the design and planning process in particular:

  • Potential sources of funding: such as the Green Investment Bank, and the EDF Energy Green Fund
  • Planning: explaining the planning process including timescales, consultation requirements, and environmental impact assessments
  • Environmental Permitting Regulations: guidance on what the regulations are and what they mean for EfW facilities
  • Feedstock: issues that affect the accessibility, security and suitability of waste materials as fuel for EfW processes
  • EfW outputs and residues: how to manage energy outputs and residues including air pollution control residues and incinerator bottom ash
  • Waste Incineration Directive: the requirements of the Directive and the implications for waste wood biomass and smaller scale EfW
  • Financial incentives: explains the financial incentives currently available to support renewable energy installations

WRAP started working on EfW in 2011 with the aim of addressing barriers and providing guidance to build knowledge levels and understanding. This will help to raise the profile of EfW as part of the total solution to waste. 

The full suite of guidance can be found at

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Sophie Dyer

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