Waste to energy in the UK: policy and institutional issues

Jamasb, Tooraj, Nepal, Rabindra and Kiamil, Hande (2010) Waste to energy in the UK: policy and institutional issues. Proceedings of the ICE: Energy, 163 2: 79-86. doi:10.1680/ener.2010.163.2.79

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Author Jamasb, Tooraj
Nepal, Rabindra
Kiamil, Hande
Title Waste to energy in the UK: policy and institutional issues
Journal name Proceedings of the ICE: Energy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1751-4223
Publication date 2010-05-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1680/ener.2010.163.2.79
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 163
Issue 2
Start page 79
End page 86
Total pages 8
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher I C E Publishing
Language eng
Abstract A sustainable waste management policy is necessary to manage the growing stream of municipal solid waste in ecologically sustainable ways. Although landfill has been the dominant form of waste management in the UK there is a need to comply with the European Union landfill directive. Waste to energy (WtE) is a viable waste management option to reduce the reliance on landfills and reap the energy benefits of waste. The first waste-fired power plant was built in the UK in 1885 but several barriers have constrained the use of WtE. This paper assesses the policy and institutional context for the development of WtE in the UK. It discusses how public opinion and choice of technology are important factors in achieving a wider acceptance of WtE in the UK. There is a need to devise coordinated policies on sustainable waste management at the regional and local levels. Furthermore, making all WtE technologies eligible for renewable obligation certificates could support the development of the technology and divert waste from landfills. The absence of efficient heat delivery networks is also a barrier to fulfilling the potential for WtE in the UK.
Keyword Waste management and disposal
Public policy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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