Energy from Waste Policy
On 4 June 2020, the Queensland Government released the Energy from Waste (EfW) Policy for Queensland (the Policy) as a key action under the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy. EfW refers to converting waste that is not practical to reuse or recycle into fuels, electricity, heating or cooling.
The Policy provides a clear framework that outlines the requirements for proponents wishing to establish EfW facilities in Queensland. These requirements include demonstration that projects are technically sound, compatible with future recycling goals, and meet high standards of community engagement, environmental protection and energy production. The Policy also outlines a preference for EfW industries that produce higher value commodities such as fuels, over electricity and heat.
Guidance materials are current being developed to provide guidance on how to meet the Policy requirements, and to illustrate the conditions likely to apply to an environmental authority for certain types of EfW facilities.