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Renewed calls to scrap ‘unjust’ waste import tax

Renewed calls to scrap ‘unjust’ waste import tax

Netherlands: EfW plants have suffered financially as the tax enters its second year

Ireland ‘should have’ invested €50m fine in bioenergy – minister

Ireland ‘should have’ invested €50m fine in bioenergy – minister

A fine handed to the government for not meeting heat targets, could have been spent on biomass-to-heat infrastructure, concedes Ireland’s minister for environment

Bioenergy sector relieved as post-consumer waste wood rules left unchanged

Bioenergy sector relieved as post-consumer waste wood rules left unchanged

UK government had considered restricting the types of waste wood feedstock allowed to be processed in power plants

Waste fires caused by batteries cost industry £158m annually

Waste fires caused by batteries cost industry £158m annually

UK: Batteries are responsible for around 48% of all waste fires, according to report

Environment Agency staff capacity down by 16% during pandemic

Environment Agency staff capacity down by 16% during pandemic

UK: Waste sector says the enforcement agency was “severely stretched” due to budget cuts even before Covid-19 hit

Emissions trading scheme to stay, government confirms

Emissions trading scheme to stay, government confirms

UK government also faces a legal challenge over its decision to exclude EfW plants from the scheme, which mirrors the EU’s version

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Household waste could help unlock liquid biogas potential

Household waste could help unlock liquid biogas potential

UK: RDF, woody biomass and cooking oils all have potential to be converted into bioLPG

Biogas and biofuel sectors disappointed with mobility strategy

Biogas and biofuel sectors disappointed with mobility strategy

Lack of support to renewable fuels will “jeopardise transport decarbonisation and hamper climate-neutrality by 2050”

WRA considering legal action over waste wood changes

WRA considering legal action over waste wood changes

UK: Sector feels reclassification of certain waste wood streams, which would only be allowed to go to biomass-fired plants, is unfair on panel-board manufacturers

EWB Insight report: November 2020

EWB Insight report: November 2020

This month: The EU ETS should not be extended to EfW plants, BWSC shifts away from EfW and bioenergy plant builds, Suez and BP work on the UK’s first CCS project at an EfW plant, still no EIA for the Barry biomass plant and Nature Energy is building another large-scale facility

Legal challenge over EfW’s exclusion from UK ETS due in court

Legal challenge over EfW’s exclusion from UK ETS due in court

Team behind challenge “confident” of progressing to a full hearing after a court date this week

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