Waste to energy market tipped to grow

25 May 2010
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Waste The prevalence of waste to energy plants across Europe looks set to grow in the coming years, according to a recent forecast.

A study from Frost & Sullivan found that the market in Europe is estimated to hit $3.6 billion (£2.5 billion) by 2016, with many governments on the continent acknowledging that the plants are a solution in the fight against climate change and a way to gain energy independence.

Currently, Germany holds the biggest market share in Europe for waste to energy production, with a value of $998.3 million, or 76.8 per cent of the sector, in 2009.

Driven by support from the government and the banking sector, it is hoped that similar policies in countries such as Italy will see comparable numbers emerging in the coming decade.

A UK-based farm has recently opened up an anaerobic digestion facility costing £3 million, which will deal with more than 30,000 tonnes of food waste each year.
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