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Renewable Energy: Domestic Waste

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of the potential contribution of energy generation from domestic waste towards meeting the UK’s renewable energy targets. (247903)

In its consultation on a renewable energy strategy, published in June 2008, the Government reported that an estimated 9 million tonnes of waste food, and 6 million tonnes of waste wood, were landfilled each year, with a combined energy value of 42 TWh. Very approximately half of the food waste and one fifth of the wood are thought to come from household sources.