CHAIRMAN OF the ICE-led waste management forum John Ferguson agreed that the UK needs at least 100 new waste-to-energy incinerators, backing earlier claims made by the DETR, at the ICE last week.
But he pointed out that drastic action was needed to speed up a planning process for the plants which could produce reusable energy from waste. Under current planning constraints only 20 incinerators would be built by 2010, he said.
Ferguson added: 'Energy from waste is a winner but the 100 or so new plants needed would require a £4.5bn capital programme. We must find the money.
'If we are going to have an increase in these plants, change is needed. We might get a planning consent through in three years, but it might be more like eight years which is not acceptable. The Government should consider tax incentives for communities which accept waste incineration plants.'
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