Energy from Waste Policy Discussion Paper
Energy from waste (EfW) refers to converting waste materials into fuels, or energy in the form of electricity, heat, or cooling.
The Queensland Government has developed the Energy from Waste Policy Discussion Paper (PDF, 2.1MB) that outlines the proposed role for EfW in Queensland, how it could support the implementation of the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy and support Queensland’s transition to the principles underpinning the circular economy.
The discussion paper provides a set of proposed principles to help guide EfW developments in a way that ensures human health and the environment are protected, and maintains the higher order options such as reuse and recycling identified under the hierarchy.
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Development of the discussion paper
The discussion paper has been developed following:
- consultation and input from a Technical Working Group comprised of representatives from the Local Government Association of Queensland, the Waste Recycling Industry Association of Queensland, the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia, Boomerang Alliance, and the University of Southern Queensland.
- consultation with stakeholders from the waste management and resource recovery industry, the power generation and distribution sector, the environmental advocacy sector, the federal government, and state and local governments.
- the outcome of public consultation (PDF, 128KB) detailing written responses to the Transforming Queensland’s Recycling and Waste Industry Directions Paper (PDF, 2.92MB) .
- the outcome of public consultation (PDF, 128KB) detailing written responses to the draft Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy (PDF, 4.31MB) released on 13 February 2019.