A new survey by Morgan Sindall has shown overwhelming support for waste infrastructure helping to deliver government renewable energy targets.
The contractor surveyed more than 200 people at the annual exhibition by Construction News’ sister title Recycling & Waste Management.
A total of 80 per cent of respondents said the government will meet its 15 per cent renewable energy target by 2020 while 38 per cent said they had noted a shift from NIMBY attitudes towards acceptance of waste infrastructure.
Morgan Sindall sector leader for energy and waste Andy King said: “We passionately believe that inspirational design can generate greater public acceptance of new waste facilities and that this, in turn, will help the country meet its renewable energy targets.
“The results of this survey make fascinating reading and emphasise how diverse views in the sector are. The findings echo what we heard from many people on the stand at RWM – there are positive messages on planning and renewable energy, and we are heartened that attitudes to delivering new infrastructure are moving in the right direction.”
On new forms of energy generation, views towards recovering energy from crematoria were explored with 77 per cent agreeing that it was ‘a great idea’ and only 5 per cent stating it was a bad idea.
The concept has been controversial since Redditch Borough Council hit the headlines in January when it announced plans to heat a local swimming pool using the energy from a crematorium.
More than a third (36 per cent) thought that legislation has been the most important factor in the UK achieving current levels of recycling, energy and carbon reduction against 46 per cent who believed that financial considerations have played the strongest role.
When asked which technology or process would contribute most to transforming waste management in the UK, 33 per cent said anaerobic digestion ahead of 26 per cent who said incineration.