Waste to Energy - It's Time to Get Serious

 8th Jul 2013


Leaders from the ‘waste to energy’ industrial sectors have called for a greater push and a more practical approach to energy from waste renewable energy sources. A long term strategy will need to be formulated with like-minded businesses and individuals who are determined enough to make it happen. The key is to utilise not just one area of renewable energy, but focus on several key industries to maximise potential.

‘Planning for Tomorrow’ is a waste to energy conference held at the Siemens sustainable cities building. It is here where businesses gathered and proposed the idea. Juergen Maier, Managing Director of Siemens Industry, Charlotte Morton, chief executive of ADBA and Lord Redesdale played hosts and all spoke in favor of the proposal.

"We know that the biogas industry has the potential to support more than 35,000 jobs in the UK, and the sector is growing at a rapid rate ­ 46% last year alone," remarked Morton. "Anaerobic digestion plants provide a triple win for our economy, dealing with food waste, generating a flexible form of baseload renewable energy and supporting sustainable farming and food production." she said.

"But we are only at the beginning of that journey. We need a clear, long term strategy for the sector, which makes the most of these resources for the UK, real investment in R&D and a clear blueprint for sustainable energy policy in the UK­ reinforced by support from the European Union."

George Giles, head of renewable power at Siemens Industry and one of the leaders in the positive push for a mixture of renewable energy said - "Energy from waste has the real potential to help the UK meet its energy requirements, which is becoming an ever more pressing issue. By way of example, the anaerobic digestion market has the potential to grow by a substantial 800% by 2020."

The next step for Britain is to utilise a way to harness biogas energy. If this ever-elusive part of the jigsaw is put in place, the country can start to develop a way to put all these ideas into motion. A strategy needs to be formulated where an equal mix of renewable energies are targeted to get the most out of waste materials, solar energy, wind energy, biogas and many more. If these steps are carried out then Britain could have a brighter future with a potent mix of sustainable, renewable energies.

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Notes For Editors

The WP Group, headquartered near Southampton in Hampshire, is a leading independent distributor of fuels and lubricants, with a £200m annual turnover and employing 70 people.

Based at Wessex House, Cadland Road, Hardley, Hythe, WP offers a complete portfolio of products and bespoke service solutions across each of its eight trading divisions ­ Industrial, Aviation, Agricultural, Heating, Automotive, Commercial, Motorsport and Marine.

WP, located by Fawley Oil Refinery, has a 50-year heritage and is the supplier and support specialist of choice to thousands of businesses.

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