A coalition of green NGOs and industries in the business of recycling, chemicals, forestry and the bio-based economy wrote to policymakers, urging them to prevent incineration of unrecyclable waste from being counted as renewable energy. In their letter, the coalition called on EU member states to “gradually phase-out support schemes for the incineration of mixed waste,” saying it should not be counted as part of the EU’s renewable energy targets for 2030. Three-way talks are currently taking place to revise the renewable energy directive, under the aegis of the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU, which aims to find a common position among the 28 EU countries. But campaigners said the latest compromise proposal tabled by Bulgaria was “very bad” as it deleted “four out of five” safeguards that were introduced to ensure electricity produced from burning waste follows the EU’s established waste hierarchy, which places incineration as the least desirable option, before landfilling.
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