ICE Endorse the Provision of EfW Facilities in Northern Ireland
arc21 warmly welcomes the endorsement for Energy for Waste (EfW) facilities by ICE (Institution of Civil Engineers) confirmed in its widely publicised annual report on the State of the Nation -Infrastructure 2014 for Northern Ireland
Ricky Burnett, arc21 Policy and Operations Director, said:
"The ICE report stresses the importance of including EfW plants in the long-term waste management strategy and cites the need to quicken the development of EfW plants throughout Northern Ireland in order to convert more non-recyclable materials into energy.
ICE reinforces the economic benefits of EfW, highlighting their potential for reducing costs to the public purse through ensuring that we are not having to pay to export non-recyclable materials and then paying for energy imports. This call for progress follows recent comments from CBI which emphasises the importance of investment to the overall growth of Northern Ireland’s economy. Using assumptions produced by Civil Engineering Contractors Association and quoted in the ICE report, the investment in our project by the private sector could generate over £680m for the economy.
Job creation is another major benefit of EfW plants referenced by the ICE report, which states that using waste as an energy source opens up the potential for new jobs.
Independent economic assessments of arc21’s new waste management infrastructure estimate that the project will sustain approximately 340 permanent direct and indirect jobs when operational. It will also create up to 455 jobs during construction.
The provision of EfW plants is part of a wider strategy which includes increased recycling. The facilities are designed to complement recycling and provide a more sustainable alternative to landfilling residual waste which cannot be practically be recycled.
A number of European countries with strong environmental credentials such as Germany, Belgium and Holland combine high recycling with minimal landfill and EfW plants. "
"It is worth noting that the European Commission is currently proposing a landfill ban on recyclable materials and the provisions of EfW plants will play a significant role for our region in being able to comply with any future legal obligations of this nature.”