Renewable energy


Riding the storm

Following Interserve’s energy from waste exit, what will be the repercussions (if any) on trust in the technology? And what effect is Brexit having on ongoing projects and projected facilities? Dr Adam Read, Kathryn Warren, Jack Stevens and Mark Ramsay seek answers


Ad nauseam

Writer and broadcaster Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has declared war on waste and garnered the public’s attention on issues such as coffee cups and packaging. But will reducing food waste cause a major headache for anaerobic digestion plants? Matt Clay investigates


Up in the air

Intended to be a feather in the UK’s large-scale gasification cap, Air Products’ Teesside projects have been halted, resulting in hundreds of redundancies and millions of pounds lost. What does this mean for the technology in the country? Matt Clay investigates


Power rangers

At last month’s Energy from Waste conference, speakers representing the UK and European EfW scenes discussed all the pressing topics of the day, spanning the EC, the CEP, heat network development and the problem of poor-quality recyclates. RWW reports.


Feeding the Asian Dragon

While Singapore is embarking on its sixth EfW project, in China there are as many as 30 projects every year, and Japan’s lack of landfill space means incineration has been a necessity. Matt Clay looks at the varying Asian market ahead of this month’s Energy from Waste Conference in London.


Not a waste of money

Despite uncertainties around government support for energy from waste projects, there are many ways in which the sector can continue to develop and innovate, says Alon Laniado


Energy from waste's home front

Optimism for growth in the EfW sector has been dampened of late, thanks to a lack of clear government policy and poor planning, which could leave the UK unable to process its residual waste as we move away from landfill and exports shrink, writes SUEZ external affairs director Gev Eduljee


The rise of RDF

The production and export of refuse-derived fuel continues to make headlines, and not always for the right reasons. Kathryn Warren, Dr Stephen Wise and Dr Adam Read, senior technical specialists in Ricardo Energy & Environment’s due diligence team, ask what the potential impacts will be on infrastructure development


Don't try to reinvent the energy from waste wheel

Why are established renewable energy technologies being sidelined by emerging ones when it comes to funding and policy support - even when the evidence and experience are that existing methods are more efficient than gasification and ATT? Simon Allin, business development director of sales at Babcock & Wilcox Volund, reports


Taking a frank and earnest look at energy from waste

Delegates at an energy from waste event last month heard how the sector is being sidelined by other government priorities such as a preference for wind – but the EfW sector can fight its corner by proving its value, forming strong partnerships with financers and being more innovative. Geraldine Faulkner reports


RDF: Better out than in?

New waste to energy capacity is expected to offset increases in refuse derived fuel production and stabilise the rapid growth in exports. Ben Messenger looks at how new facilities in the UK could affect the market and whether we should be doing more with our waste domestically



Waste collection in Catalonia

Since 1997 private company L'Arca del Maresme has supplied environmental services for the Comarca del Maresme region of Catalonia on the northern coast of Barcelona. Tim Byrne, specialist in waste collection in Mediterranean countries, looks at how the business provides waste collection, street and beach cleaning, as well as the operation of household waste recycling centres and waste transfer station contracts for the Comarca del Maresme municipalities.



Sustainability Live unveils CPD seminars and workshops

Sustainability Live, the show which takes place on April 21-23 April at the NEC Birmingham, has unveiled its three-day programme of more than 35 free CPD-accredited workshops and seminars for sustainability and energy management professionals. Amanda Barnes reports.


How coffee could 'give a lift' in another way

Research to turn spent coffee grounds into fuel has intensified. But can a good idea in theory become a commercial success in practice? David Burrows, freelance writer, investigates.


Industrial and commercial waste: Don't waste its potential

Could industrial and commercial waste be the answer to help energy from waste plants lessen their reliance on current subsidy support and offer energy generation and waste management solutions for the nation's huge industrial basis? George Giles, head of renewable power and oil & gas at Siemens Industry UK, highlights what could be a 'win-win' situation for all concerned.


Could refuse derived fuel replace coal in the Czech Republic?

Approximately 30 million tonnes of waste are produced in the Czech Republic annually. Of this, municipal waste comprises 5.2 million tonnes. Petr Ruzicka, sector manager for energy & environment, CzechInvest reports on how refuse derived fuel could make a difference.



Taking a leap of faith into a cleaner future

A great deal has been said and written about the circular economy with all its anticipated benefits. With waste management companies changing their focus from resource operators to manufacturing companies, the emphasis is now on clear policy to ensure its delivery. Freelance writer David Burrows reports.


What did the waste sector achieve in 2014?

This year ended much like the last: in disappointment. But despite the lack of interest shown in waste policy across Whitehall and, perhaps even Europe, the sector has carried on regardless. Freelance writer, David Burrows looks at the highs and lows of the UK waste management industry over the last 12 months.


Collecting underground waste in Nicosia

Nicosia is the capital of Cyprus and home to a population of 250,000 residents swelled by cosmopolitan business visitors as well as holidaymakers during the tourist season. The latter tend to stay in the beach resorts but visit Nicosia to see the ancient parts of the city. Waste collection is, therefore, a very important task to maintain the city's cleanliness for citizens, business people and tourists. Specialist in waste collection in Mediterranean countries, Tim Byrne reports on an underground waste container system that helps reduce odours and increases efficiency.



A time for bold actions and political vision

Waste reduction and recycling schemes play crucial roles in reducing the impact of climate change, but while private individuals diligently sort out their recyclates what are world leaders doing to combat the rise in global temperatures? David Burrows reports on the recent UN climate summit.