The Department of Trade and Industry helpfully categorised the energy produced by incineration of waste
as 'renewable', assisting the government toward its 2010 target of generating ten per cent of the nation's electricity from renewable sources.
The Sunrise spokesman added: "We are not proposing a waste disposal facility for the incineration of waste
, but a 9MW renewable energy plant.
It should take the form of a new directive resembling the current IPPC Directive, as well as six other directives: 1999/13/EC on the limitation of emissions of volatile organic compounds due to the use of organic solvents in certain activities and installations; 2000/76/EC on the incineration of waste
; 2001/80/EC on the limitation of emissions of certain pollutants into the air from large combustion plants (LCP Directive), as well as three directives on waste from the titanium industry: 78/176/EEC, 82/883/EEC et 92/112/EEC, (see Europolitics 3432).
- Directive 2000/76/EC on the incineration of waste
Incineration of waste
is not covered but co-combustion of waste and recovered fuel in large combustion plants is addressed.
Val Barton, a leading protester against the Byker incinerator and a member of the Campaign Against the Incineration of Refuse, said: "Quite apart from the health concerns, incineration of waste
is a major contributor towards climate change.
The Health and Welfare Ministry and the Environment Agency started Thursday to discuss stricter guidelines on the maximum tolerable daily intake (TDI) of dioxins, highly toxic substances originating from the incineration of waste
. The ministries started the discussion in a joint conference in accordance with the decision by the World Health Organization (WHO) in May last year to reduce TDI of dioxins to 1-4 picograms per kilogram of body weight from 10 picograms.
It is important people don't confuse this with the incineration of waste
The European Commission published a harmonised questionnaire at the end of February (COM2006)438) designed to help EU member states in drafting reports evaluating implementation of Directive 2000/76/EC on the incineration of waste
. In force since 28 December 2000, this Directive, often referred to as the WID, aims to prevent or limit the negative impact on the environment of pollution caused by emissions into the atmosphere, soil, surface and ground water, as well as risks to human health stemming from incineration and co-incineration of waste.