Emissions Trading Scheme - will it help drive up waste prevention, re-use and recycling or make residual waste treatment more expensive?
The drive for decarbonisation continues to gather pace post COP26, which took place in autumn 2021. With a new energy strategy and continued calls from the Committee on Climate Change for Government to do more to reduce emissions from all sectors, now is a critical time to reflect on the decarbonisation agenda in the resources and waste sector in particular.
With this in mind, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is currently consulting on how they can improve the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) after several years of operation. But of greater interest to those of us working in waste management industry is their desire to test the waters in terms of bringing energy from waste facilities under the scheme, so these facilities sit alongside other power plants. What would this mean in terms of the costs of EfW compared to landfill or recycling? Could this drive more residual waste into landfill? Will this ultimately help drive up re-use, waste prevention and recycling or simply make residual waste treatment more expensive, and if so who pays – those who design in waste, those who create waste or those who manage waste?
In this 60-minute webinar, we will take a closer look at the workings of the ETS and its potential application to EfW and the waste sector as a whole. With an expert suite of panellists, we will be able to reflect on the policy agenda, the industry’s response and own agenda in terms of future regulations and consider how this could impact the local authorities who rely on energy recovery for their residual waste management. Further we will explore what ETS can do for a circular economy beyond its current focus on residual waste.
So, if you are involved in EfW, or are interested in the impacts of Emissions Trading Scheme on our sector and your organisation, then register and get your questions aired and answered by the panel of experts.
- Watch the recording here