Commission slammed as €100m approved for waste incinerators

The next EU budget should scrap climate and air quality harming investments, environmental campaigners have said, after the European Commission approved on Thursday Cohesion Fund aid of more than €100m to build two waste-to-energy incineration plants in Poland.

Both municipal waste treatment plants, in Gdansk and the Warminsko-Mazurskie region, are meant to transform municipal solid waste into heat and electricity.

Janek Vahk, Zero Waste Europe's climate, energy and air pollution programme coordinator, said it was “extremely disappointing” that EU regional policy continues to contradict other commission legislation, such as the recently approved taxonomy regulation, which “called for incineration to be minimised."

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