Anti-Incineration Group Publishes “Gasification Failure” Briefing

ukwinThe United Kingdom Without Incineration Network (UKWIN) has published a briefing entitled “Gasification Failures in the UK: Bankruptcies and Abandonment”. It says gasification and pyrolysis constitute some of the riskiest and most unreliable technologies in the waste industry.

The document draws upon previously published material to highlight how risky an investment it believes these technologies have proved to be, adding that they are “associated with scores of bankruptcies, failures and broken promises”.

UKWIN says the briefing provides information about more than a dozen examples of gasification failures. Shlomo Dowen, National Coordinator of UKWIN, comments: “Promoters of gasification and pyrolysis schemes often cite existing and past projects to bolster support for their new proposals, but don’t like to mention that those other projects were actually embarrassing failures.

“Gasification and pyrolysis is an expensive misstep when it comes to waste management, because even if someone ever manages to get the ill-fated technology to work it would still have all of the problems of more conventional waste incineration. As with all forms of incineration, these technologies would result in shocking levels of CO2 being released and would rely upon destroying valuable material that should be recycled, composted or re-used”.

The briefing is available here

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