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RMAS calls for carbon-based incineration tax

RMAS calls for carbon-based incineration tax

RESOURCE Management Association Scotland (RMAS) has called on the Scottish government for a progressive carbon-based tax on incineration to “drive energy efficiency improvements and improve carbon performance”.

RMAS is the trade association for Scotland’s SME resource and waste management companies, and included the call in its response to a review of waste incineration.

The Scottish government review is led by former CIWM chief executive, Dr Colin Church, and is weighing up options for how incineration emissions can be reduced and refocussed “to deliver social benefits across Scottish communities”.

Angus Hamilton, RMAS Member and Managing Director of waste and resources company Levenseat, said: “We need a multi-faceted waste strategy which focuses on behavioural change from all waste producers, including consumers. We also need to explore changes to the planning regime to enable the building of integrated facilities that can provide energy for local housing developments and businesses. With further Scottish Government investment to aid development of heat distribution networks, these plants could deliver real value for local communities.

“To support these aims, RMAS is calling for a scheme that incentivises and rewards the reduction of fossil-derived carbon emissions and drives energy efficiency improvements. This will ensure a focus on resource management and the role the sector has in achieving net zero.”

John Ferguson, Co-Chair of the RMAS Technical and Innovation Group said: “Our members fully understand their responsibility towards the planet and, rather than resisting change, we aim to be a voice of conscience in reducing emissions.

“Mechanisms such as a carbon tax or inclusion of incineration in the UK Emission Trading Scheme reflect that ethos and, properly designed to take into account the wider societal duties of our sector to manage residual waste safely, could create strong fiscal drivers to reduce both the carbon intensity of residual waste and increase energy use efficiency from incineration. This would serve as another useful tool to incentivise further green investment from within our industry.

“RMAS believes this is a whole system problem that can be fixed to ensure the resource management sector remains able to provide vital services which protect human health and the environment while conserving resources.”

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