“We can’t rely purely on government-led initiatives,” says UK bioenergy funding provider

Specialist bioenergy funding provider Privilege Finance has launched a ‘manifesto’ for renewable energy from waste. The manifesto outlines the company’s vision for shaping a future whereby the UK is energy self-sufficient and sends zero food waste to landfill.

“In the current election campaign, the green agenda has been at the front of peoples’ minds like never before,” said Chris Winward, commercial director at Privilege. “All the major political parties have included actions in response to the climate emergency as part of their manifestos, but it is imperative that we communicate our vision for how people, businesses and organisations can take actions to drive a reduction in emissions, as we can’t rely purely on government-led initiatives.”

Privilege’s manifesto highlights a number of economic, environmental and social policies, including:

  • A reduction in the amount of food waste being sent to landfill and a reduction in carbon emissions from non-avoidable waste

  • The introduction of policies which enable non-avoidable food waste to be recycled for green energy

  • Affordable renewable energy for everyone

  • More government investment in innovative renewable energy research and technology

  • Infrastructure and incentives for a decarbonised heat and transport system, with energy from waste at the heart

  • A thriving renewable energy from waste sector, which provides sustainable, long-term career opportunities for talent

  • A growing number of ‘green communities’ which are centred around local energy generation, utilising food waste for energy, and promote a circular economy.

In a statement, Winward explains that the company’s manifesto outlines a vision for the UK to produce enough renewable energy for everyone. He added: “For this to be a reality we need to see vast developments in infrastructure and incentives for a decarbonised heat and transport system.

“Waste is an underused resource. Each year, approximately 10.2 million tonnes of food waste is generated post-farmgate, but less than 2% of total energy generation came from energy from waste systems in 2018.

“To send food waste to landfill that could otherwise be used to create green energy is socially unacceptable and must stop.”

Privilege has invested more than £500 million into new builds and acquisition projects in the energy from waste sector since 2012. The company hopes its manifesto will highlight actions that can be taken by anyone to respond to the climate emergency. Winward added: “We encourage people to challenge their prospective MP candidates on what they’re going to do to support the use of waste to produce energy.”

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