Bigger Picture

 

The proposed incinerator not only threatens the local core missions of Project Genesis Trust, but completely disparages the nationwide and global movement towards a much needed ‘zero waste’ approach.

Read on to find out more …

Project Genesis Trust

According to the Charity Commission website, these are the Project Genesis Trust charitable mission statements. 

How does building an incinerator at the heart of the town – near housing, next to the Heritage trail / Derwent Walk / C2C, our Grade 2 listed buildings Hownsgill Viaduct, an archway, and so close to businesses in the town itself – fulfil these mission statements? 

ALL SUCH OBJECTS FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE DISTRICT OF DERWENTSIDE OR ITS INHABITANTS OR OTHERWISE CONNECTED WITH THE DISTRICT OF DERWENTSIDE AS ARE CHARITABLE INCLUDING (BUT WITHOUT DETRACTING FROM THE GENERAL NATURE OF THE CHARITABLE TRUST) ANY OF THE FOLLOWING: 

  1. PROVIDING OR ASSISTING IN THE PROVISION OF FACILITIES FOR RECREATION OR OTHER LEISURE TIME OCCUPATION.
  2. PROVIDING OR ASSISTING IN THE PROVISION OF FACILITIES TO ENCOURAGE THE STUDY APPRECIATION AND ENJOYMENT OF THE ARTS (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO AN ARTS CENTRE).
  3. ENCOURAGING THE UNDERSTANDING AND APPRECIATION OF LOCAL HISTORY AND OTHER MATTERS OF HISTORIC ARTISTIC ARCHITECTURAL OR SCIENTIFIC INTEREST (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO PROVIDING OR ASSISTING IN THE PROVISION OF A HERITAGE CENTRE)
  4. THE CONSERVATION PROTECTION AND IMPROVEMENT OF AMENITY LAND AND ITS FLORA AND FAUNA.

Within our Durham County Plan it says….

Paragraph 4.38: The Project Genesis Trust is a registered charity to regenerate the site of the former Consett Steelworks and reinvest the funds from the development in the provision of environment, recreational and social benefits to local people. 10.8 hectares of land is allocated at Hownsgill as part of the Masterplan to support further jobs growth and contribute to the ongoing regeneration of the town which benefits the community of Consett both socially and economically.

Let’s take a look at the bigger picture across England, the UK and globally! That’s right, it’s not just Consett who say NO to incinerators…. There is an alternative, a circular economy..

There is a climate emergency, the Government has set net zero emission law by 2050. In November 2021, the United Nations Climate Change Conference will be held and setting further legislations/laws. 

In March 2021, Wales put in place with immediate effect a moratorium on incinerators to ensure a successful transition to the circular economy. They are world leaders in recycling.

There’s an overcapacity of incinerators in the uk. Wales are one of the world leaders in recycling, they are determined to hit their zero emissions and recycling targets. They have a moratorium on all incinerators with immediate effect to achieve this. 

This is the start to the alternative in the right direction.

https://gov.wales/sites/default/files/publications/2021-03/beyond-recycling-strategy-document.pdf

UKWIN has a petition to stop all incinerators in the UK, please have a look and sign if you agree…

https://ukwin.eaction.org.uk/moratorium

Georgia Elliott-Smith

An Environmental Engineer (she spoke on Dispatches: dirty truth about rubbish. Also campaigning against Edmonton incinerator near where she lives) she took the UK government to high Court in April 2021 because the UK’s CO2 reduction plan is illegal because 1) the emission cap is way above business as usual 2) it will take 9 years to reduce CO2 by a single gram 3) it leaves out major polluters like incineration.

Georgia:

‘What’s at stake?

I’m tired of pollution filling the lungs of my children, suffocating those that live in poorer, more industrial parts of the country (the government allowed a mega-incinerator in Edmonton but rejected one in Cambridge). I’m tired of incinerators claiming to be environmentally-friendly while they pour out greenhouse gases that are destroying the planet.

Companies like power stations and landfill operators have to pay tax for the burden their pollution creates on society, which means the less they pollute, the less tax they pay. But not incinerators – they do not pay tax as a rubbish disposal route or as a major CO2 emitter.

I have spent the last year tirelessly campaigning to get MPs, incinerator operators and local councils to implement better ways of dealing with our rubbish but they’re just not listening. As an environmental engineer, I know that there are cleaner, greener ways to reduce, reuse and recycle materials that make a fairer society for everyone. Enough is enough!

In 2019, the UK had 48 incinerators that poured 6.6 million tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere – and didn’t pay a single penny for it. That’s the same as all the emissions from Birmingham and Manchester put together. Worse, a further 17 incinerators are under construction and dozens more are seeking planning permission.

Our legal challenge

Brexit means the UK government is rewriting environmental policies, but incineration is excluded from the new UK Emissions Trading Scheme, a crucial way to manage and reduce CO2. Ignoring incineration – simply because it’s cheaper – will be disastrous. ‘

An outcome from the high court is still pending, we will add an update here when we hear more. Find more information about Georgia’s fight to ‘Make Polluters pay’ on Facebook, please follow the links… 

https://tinyurl.com/y57uhwmv 

GLOBAL ALLIANCE FOR INCINERATOR ALTERNATIVES (GAIA):

Incineration converts waste into air pollutants, fly and bottom ash, boiler slag, and wastewater sludge through burning. This process harms human health and the planet by emitting nanoparticles and other respiratory irritants, cancer-causing dioxins and furans, heavy metals including mercury, cadmium and lead.

‘At GAIA, we see waste and its resulting pollution as a symptom of a larger, profit-driven extractive economy, and we promote zero waste as a holistic solution and an economic shift toward justice and sustainability.’

https://www.no-burn.org/about-gaia/