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Renewable Energy: Waste

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated to compare the different processes used in the extraction of energy from waste; and if he will make a statement. (256952)

DEFRA has commissioned the following research projects which compare different processes used in the extraction of energy from waste:

Optimising inputs and outputs from anaerobic digestion processes (WR0212, carried out by the University of Southampton)

Carbon balances and energy impacts of the management of UK waste streams (WR0602, carried out by ERM)

Emissions from waste management facilities: frameworks for assessment of data quality and research needs (WR0608, carried out by ERM)

Impact of energy from waste and recycling policy on UK GHG emissions (WR0609, carried out by ERM)

The optimisation and impacts of expanding biogas production (AC0406, led by Rothamsted Research (North Wyke site) in collaboration with the University of Exeter and AEA Technologies). The project has not been completed, but has produced a report entitled “The optimisation and impacts of expanding biogas production”, which is published. The final report will also be published.

Of the aforementioned, two projects are complete (WR0602, WR0609); of which WR0602 has been evaluated through a peer review.

Project reports from the completed projects have been published on the DEFRA website and reports from the ongoing projects will be published in due course.