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Defining recyclable waste crucial to EfW in Europe

Defining recyclable waste crucial to EfW in Europe

Debate over recycling targets and its definition set to shape Europe’s future EfW industry

Brexit pushing up EfW plant build costs

Brexit pushing up EfW plant build costs

Fall in the value of sterling and long-term concerns for EU-based business investing in the UK the main factors

Think tank calls for biomass subsidy restrictions

Think tank calls for biomass subsidy restrictions

UK: Chatham House report urges policymakers to support only facilities fired on residues and post-consumer waste

Commission promoting EfW ‘transitional’ period

Commission promoting EfW ‘transitional’ period

Criticised WtE communication may actually be good news for the energy recovery sector, says a leading consultant

EU Council to enter waste talks with weaker targets

EU Council to enter waste talks with weaker targets

Members states to campaign for lower recycling targets with a view to driving down a higher one proposed by MEPs

UK details biogas sustainability requirements

UK details biogas sustainability requirements

Ofgem's sustainability guidance allows for use of default values for smaller plants

DEFRA adopts ‘light-touch’ RDF definition

DEFRA adopts ‘light-touch’ RDF definition

UK: Definition requires RDF operators to have formal contracts with energy-from-waste facilities

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Germany hopes for pellet production rise in 2017

Germany hopes for pellet production rise in 2017

Sector did not perform as well as expected last year, according to trade association DEPV

Biomass plants share fossil fuel displacement funding

Biomass plants share fossil fuel displacement funding

Spain: 20 biomass businesses will get a share of more than €3m

Biofuel sector welcomes tax extension ruling

Biofuel sector welcomes tax extension ruling

Germany: Trade associations say government move “strengthens” environmental protection

Backing for increased torrefied pellet use

Backing for increased torrefied pellet use

Netherlands: Tests show locally sourced biomass can be used effectively instead of imported pellets

Germany seeks to favour wood in products over energy

Germany seeks to favour wood in products over energy

Proposals for changes to EU land-use change rules have been welcomed by NGOs

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