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Cafe Sci: "Eastcroft incinerator – energy from waste or waste of energy?"

Nigel Lee

Nottingham Friends of the Earth

For the last 40 years, most of Greater Nottingham's household waste has been burnt in the Eastcroft Incinerator - providing hot water and steam to a district heating system and exporting electricity to the grid.

It has proved controversial from the beginning:
* a highly secretive contract with the Coal Board
* engineering questions which made Private Eye in 1971
* a wasteful distribution network which could be seen melting the snow across St Ann's
* remarkably inaccurate heat meters
* serious breaches of dioxin limits introduced in the 1980s

Recent figures suggest carbon dioxide emissions for electricity exported are three times as high as average for the grid, and for heat four times as high as burning gas - though the Council has massaged the figures down to a tenth of this.

So, is this 'low carbon' energy? Or low energy waste?

MEETING FORMAT: Our speaker talks, uninterrupted for 20 minutes, to introduce his topic. During a break to get drinks, the Hat goes round. Then there is an hour’s chaired question and answer session. Cafe Sci is funded by the Hat (no sponsors). We suggest a contribution £5 (waged) or £2 - £3 (unwaged). Full details here

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  • Clyde D.

    I shan't be attending this because I don't think that Cafe Sci should be providing a platform for campaigning groups of any persuasion. We are going to get a totally one-sided treatment of a local issue.

    November 4, 2013

    • Bill G.

      Good point, the summary is obviously biased, and I got no reply to my request for sources.

      November 4, 2013

  • John B.

    So no benefits then? What nonsense!

    October 23, 2013

  • Bill G.

    Hi Nigel, can you post links to sources please?

    October 16, 2013

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