Friday, September 30, 2022

SEPA figures show recovering recycling rate in Scotland

Statistics published on 27 September by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) reveal some of the impact of COVID-19 polcies on recycling. The figures...
bin bags in a forest

Black bag blues: Does Scotland have enough incineration capacity?

Ongoing uncertainty about Scotland's ability to deal with its own residual waste - once a ban on landfilling biodegradeable material takes effect on 1 January 2026 - has prompted soul-searching north of the border, and an extensive contemplation of the appropriate role that incineration should play in the waste hierarchy. Envirotec reports.
Wood pulp

Kindling a revolution?

Finding a way to do something more interesting with woody biomass - other than just burning it - is a long-standing grail for biotechnology research. A new artificial enzyme has shown it can chew through lignin, the tough polymer that helps woody plants hold their shape. Lignin has tremendous potential as a source of renewable energy and materials.

Portugal power-to-liquid project makes sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) from municipal waste-derived CO2

One of the first synthetic eFuel production units in Europe could be implemented at an Energy Recovery Plant near Porto. Deploying a seemingly innovative...

Firm converts scrap vehicle waste into renewable energy

A seemingly ground-breaking solution allows hard-to-recycle automotive shredder residue (ASR) to be used to deliver renewable energy and reduce waste-to-landfill. End-of-life vehicles processor Recycling Lives...

EU Waste Shipment Regulation should not incentivise landfills capacity

A trade group comprising European suppliers of waste-to-energy technology, ESWET, has welcomed the European Commission’s proposal to revise the waste shipment regulation to reduce...

A new waste market is taking shape in Europe, following COVID-19, says recovery firm

Kjetil Vikingstad, CEO of resource recovery specialist Geminor, writes Despite the recent flare-up of the COVID-pandemic in Europe, a number of countries are reporting a...
Reactor tanks

The dead zone

Mikael Khan of environmental consultancy Aqua Enviro, offers a few thoughts on maximising AD plant efficiency and revenues by interrogating mixing performance in reactor tanks.
Black carbon

Short-lived pollutants side event

The World Biogas Association (WBA) is hosting an official side event in the Blue Zone at COP26, exploring the influence of pollutants like black carbon. The UN organisation received 1,110 applications for 240 slots, to host these side events.
Drax power plant

Adding fuel to the fire?

A report from NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) seems to strengthen the case against Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS), currently a key ingredient of the UK government's climate plan.

Award for using AI and spectroscopy to increase waste-to-energy production

A US group is developing a technology combining AI and spectroscopy, to analyze municipal solid waste in-situ and in real-time - a cost- and...

Grant for first continuous pyrolysis plant in the UK

The firm behind the first continuous pyrolysis plant in the UK for end-of-life tyres, says it has received a substantial grant from the BEIS...

Guide warns incinerator GHG emissions often worse than predicted

The United Kingdom Without Incineration Network (UKWIN) launched a good practice guide in July, intended to help with assessing the greenhouse gas (GHG) impacts...

ERF has been “pivotal” in tackling COVID-19 waste, says Veolia

Reduced clinical waste disposal capacity in the UK has been met by rapidly adapting existing facilities Resource management company Veolia says its latest data highlights...

Gasification platform demonstrates renewable gas production from SRF

Located in the heart of “Chemical Valley” in Saint-Fons (Rhône), France, the GAYA semi-industrial Research & Development platform took a historic step forward in...

Including Waste-to-Energy in the EU ETS won’t help sustainable waste management, says trade group

A trade group comprising European suppliers of waste-to-energy technology, ESWET welcomed a recent opportunity to contribute to the EU Emissions Trading System’s revision (EU...

Isle of Portland to host UK’s first carbon neutral EfW facility

The directors of Powerfuel Portland - a firm aiming to deliver a proposed Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) at Portland Port on the Isle of...

Manifesto outlines energy from waste industry opporunities

An updated renewable energy from waste manifesto has been released by Privilege Finance, following a series of monumental changes which have impacted the industry...

Legal challenge to exclusion of waste incinerators from post-Brexit emissions trading scheme

A legal challenge has been issued to the Government’s decision to exclude municipal waste incinerators from the UK Emissions Trading Scheme - the replacement...

Firm cites significant carbon reductions for using energy recovery facilities to treat clinical waste

Resource management firm Veolia is highlighting how significant emissions reductions can be achieved by using energy recovery facilities, ERF, to dispose of the more...