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  • Weights and Measures – Pros and Cons of Waste Drivers

    By Accounting for Energy – (4 min read)

    In October, the government confirmed the rates for the next two years of Landfill Tax and also introduced a new lever in the form of a levy on single-use plastic packaging. With a number of consultations and the publication of the Waste Strategy on the horizon, it is a good time to consider the pros and cons of weight-based incentives, legislative drivers, and the rationality in calls for a more radical tack.

    When it arrived in 1996, Landfill Tax was ground-breaking. In a world that recognised the value of sticks over carrots for prodding industry in the right direction, it was the UK’s first environmental tax. At the time it was widely agreed that hitting the bank balance was the most effective – possibly the only – way to motivate businesses to change. Recycling targets followed hot on the heels, with packaging targets introduced a year later and then, in 2010, the first landfill diversion target.

    Each of these weight-based measures was designed to increase recycling, with little consideration given to the make-up of products or concept of reduction. It has to be said, overall they have proven successful. However, as recycling levels across the UK have fallen and public awareness of waste hits an all-time high, the role of weight-based targets has come under increasing scrutiny.

     

    Some of the arguments against are well-worn – for example, setting metrics against previous volumes of waste can act as a disincentive to waste reduction while, as Landfill Tax tops £90 for the first time, some accuse it of propelling material towards energy from waste rather than recycling or minimisation. Others look to carbon measurements as a more realistic gauge of the impact of products than end of pipe waste issues.

    However, amid the more customary views, the question of quality is increasingly raising its head. China’s National Sword programme which has, effectively, shut the door on exported materials such as plastics, prompted recyclers to take a critical look at material processed in the UK. Since then, the realisation is hitting home that, for genuine end markets, quality matters.

    At this point, we are on the brink. The new Circular Economy Package is coming into effect, with producers expected to fund the full net cost for the recycling of packaging. What this means in practice is yet to be decided, but it will transform the way we view waste, and we can be certain that producers will be called on to pay more. Under the French system, products are levied at different rates depending on their recyclability or use of recycled material. Here, producers are taking steps to overhaul design and manufacture to improve recycling and eliminate unnecessary single-use packaging, and signing up to voluntary agreements such as Plastic Pact.

    In five years’ time, the landscape will be very different and, hopefully, packaging and product design will be more in keeping with a circular system which removes the need for a solely weight-based system. Whether the key drivers are legislative or reputation-based remains to be seen.

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      “I worked with Travis on a set of arbitral proceedings to recover unpaid royalties on behalf of the landowners of a large renewable energy site. I was very inspired by his passion for his industry and his tireless commitment to getting the best results.”

       

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      “Travis is the go-to person for renewable energy landowner royalty payments. He gets into the details of a case, and is very tenacious in identifying and recovering any monies owed to landowners.”

       

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    • “We found your report informative and easy to read, it was good to see how the wind farm is performing and we were pleased with the results of the audit”

       

      Mark Charles, Exeter

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    • “Job well done”

       

      Sara James, Durham

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    • “Early non-payment discovered so very happy with outcome”

       

      Martin Roberts, Peterborough

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    • “Excellent service. The review has given me peace of mind”

       

      Tracy Maria, Cumbria

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    • “We found the report very thorough and really interesting and were pleased that the payments have been corrected and appreciate your help with this very much”

       

      David Terrence, Devon

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    • “In every instance Accounting for Energy have identified and recovered shortfalls in rent for my clients. Not only do the landowners receive back payments but they are also keen to show developers that they are being held to account.”

       

      Chris Thyer MRICS FAAV Land Agent, GSC Grays

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    • “We don’t have comparable leases in renewable energy meaning there are few examples to draw from, so it’s always good to have checks and balances in place. We would recommend Accounting for Energy for their diligence.”

       

      Ali Walker Property Co-ordinator, Bath and Wells Diocese, Church of England

      Share

    • “The information provided by the turbine owner seemed to be comprehensive. The issue comes with knowing if all the data is complete and the audit was able to identify areas that we should have been receiving royalties on.”

       

      Ben Ardern Financial Controller, Dewlay Cheesemakers

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    • “I worked with Travis on a set of arbitral proceedings to recover unpaid royalties on behalf of the landowners of a large renewable energy site. I was very inspired by his passion for his industry and his tireless commitment to getting the best results.”

       

      Sarah Bishop, Commercial Disputes Solicitor

      Share

    • “Travis is the go-to person for renewable energy landowner royalty payments. He gets into the details of a case, and is very tenacious in identifying and recovering any monies owed to landowners.”

       

      Grant Jones, Chartered accountant, solicitor and practising arbitrator

      Share

    • ““I would recommend Accounting for Energy because they are clearly experts in this area, and they were good to work with. It was an easy decision to get them on board because we really didn’t have the expertise or the time to be trawling through the lease and power purchase agreement.”

       

      Nick Kenyon, CEO, Dewlay Cheesemakers

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    •  

      “We found your report informative and easy to read, it was good to see how the wind farm is performing and we were pleased with the results of the audit”

       

      Mark Charles, Exeter

      Share

    • “Job well done”

       

      Sara James, Durham

      Share

    • “Early non-payment discovered so very happy with outcome”

       

      Martin Roberts, Peterborough

      Share

    • “Excellent service. The review has given me peace of mind”

       

      Tracy Maria, Cumbria

      Share

    • ‘We found the report very thorough and really interesting and were pleased that the payments have been corrected and appreciate your help with this very much’

       

      David Terrence, Devon

      Share

    •  

      “In every instance Accounting for Energy have identified and recovered shortfalls in rent for my clients. Not only do the landowners receive back payments but they are also keen to show developers that they are being held to account.”

       

      Chris Thyer MRICS FAAV Land Agent, GSC Grays

      Share

    •  

      “We don’t have comparable leases in renewable energy meaning there are few examples to draw from, so it’s always good to have checks and balances in place. We would recommend Accounting for Energy for their diligence.”

       

      Ali Walker Property Co-ordinator, Bath and Wells Diocese, Church of England

      Share

    •  

      “The information provided by the turbine owner seemed to be comprehensive. The issue comes with knowing if all the data is complete and the audit was able to identify areas that we should have been receiving royalties on.”

       

      Ben Ardern Financial Controller, Dewlay Cheesemakers

      Share

    •  

      “I worked with Travis on a set of arbitral proceedings to recover unpaid royalties on behalf of the landowners of a large renewable energy site. I was very inspired by his passion for his industry and his tireless commitment to getting the best results.”

       

      Sarah Bishop, Commercial Disputes Solicitor

      Share

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      “Travis is the go-to person for renewable energy landowner royalty payments. He gets into the details of a case, and is very tenacious in identifying and recovering any monies owed to landowners.”

       

      Grant Jones, Chartered accountant, solicitor and practicing arbitrator

      Share

    •  

      “I would recommend Accounting for Energy because they are clearly experts in this area, and they were good to work with. It was an easy decision to get them on board because we really didn’t have theexpertise or the time to be trawling through the lease and power purchase agreement.”

       

      Nick Kenyon, CEO, Dewlay Cheesemakers

      Share
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