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The Waste Protocol Project, a joint initiative between WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme), the Environment Agency (EA) and industry has launched its ninth Quality Protocol.
The Pulverised Fuel Ash Quality Protocol (QP) sets end of waste criteria for the production and use of pulverised fuel ash (PFA) and furnace bottom ash (FBA) arising from the combustion of coal to be used in bound materials and grout applications. The QP will help divert a significant amount of what is the UK’s largest industrial waste-stream from landfill.
The Financial Impact Assessments of introducing the QP forecasts a potential benefit to the UK economy at approximately £110 million over the first ten years. The environment will also benefit from the new PFA/FBA QP, with an estimated 3,128,000 tonnes of waste potentially diverted from landfill. The increased use of alternative recycled material produced in accordance with the new QP will also save an estimated 4,410,000 tonnes of virgin material from being excavated. The total carbon savings are estimated to be in the region of 162,000 tonnes over the first decade.
The publication of the QP follows a rigorous Risk Assessment which included public consultation in the UK and Europe, together with a detailed Financial Impact Assessment.
David Porter, chief executive of the Association of Electricity Producers said: “We hope that this new Quality Protocol will have real benefits for the power industry in terms of reducing the expense of dealing with a by-product that is currently regulated as a waste material, and also opening up new markets for PFA. After four years’ hard work, we are delighted to see this QP launching.”