Just as being an importer of food is will cause difficulties in 2035, so will being an importer of energy. The costs of energy will drive people and businesses to investigate energy saving approaches for themselves. Microgeneration will be essential, and recycling will be normal.

We may by 2035 have got tidal energy to supply a significant part of our electricity needs, possibly enough to be able to export energy. But that requires a significant capital commitment, political willpower, and a long lead time.

The incinerator will be replaced early for one that better suits our reduced waste needs, and minimises health risks from gases and particulates.

All planning applications would have to be accompanied by an embedded energy and implied lifetime emissions statement.

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