What new EU rules could mean for the UK’s energy-from-waste sector

A new waste incineration best available techniques reference document (BREF) is likely to have major cost implications for the UK’s energy-from-waste sector. Conor McGlone reports

Earlier this month, the European Union published the Waste Incineration Best Available Techniques (BAT) following a five-year review process.

The document, which sets new emissions, monitoring and efficiency standards for incinerators, could have far-reaching implications. According to Anita Lloyd, director at law firm Squire Patton Boggs, the “substantial reductions in emission limits across the board will potentially leave operators facing substantial investment costs to meet them”.

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