Tuesday 20 February 2018

Wrong on policy of German Greens

I WAS quoted in Paul Melia and Treacy Hogan's article, "Minister's policy directly contradicts views of German Greens", (Irish Independent, January 5) in the context that German Greens are in direct contradiction to Environment Minister John Gormley’s policy in the point of waste incineration. This is wrong. The citation is taken out of context and gives the wrong impression – that the German Greens are promoting incineration.

The correct position is: waste to energy has to be the last step in a hierarchy, after avoidance, re-use and recycling, to deal with the leftovers. Therefore, the capacity of an incinerator has to match the local demand, otherwise there would be no incentive for avoidance and recycling. So the major points of my presentation are missing.

They are: waste avoidance by implementing re-use and take-back systems; producer responsibility for sustainable product design; an increase of recycling quotas and separate collection of organic waste.

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