On 21 March 2013 the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Energy from Waste 2013 conference will take place.

ICE Energy from Waste 2013 will address barriers to success within the industry and look at initiatives to ensure its future. The conference will consider the continuing blockers relating to planning, financing and community opposition that are strangling progression within the industry.

The Green Investment Bank (GIB) has just announced £8 million of funding for an EfW project in the North East and the Bank’s lead on waste, Adrian Judge, will provide an update on GIB funding at the conference. Other topics covered include:

  • Sewage gas for injection into the grid – a Severn Trent case study
  • Capacity of feedstock – the need for heat grids and an overview of regional overcapacity
  • An overview of UK policy including the new Industrial Emissions Directive
  • The workings of technologies including anaerobic digestion, gasification and pyrolysis
  • Sustainable skills in the EfW sector – what is lacking and how can government and industry respond to the shortage?

The UK does not currently have sufficient capacity to process all waste that could be utilised for energy. An estimated 30 million tonnes go unexploited every year and more is exported to Europe.

At a time when government is trying to cut carbon emissions and sure-up energy supply it’s increasingly crucial that the potential of extracting energy from waste (EfW) be realised.

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