Amsterdam aldermen Victor Everhardt (Participations) and Marieke van Doorninck (Sustainability) are continuing the sale of the waste energy company’s biomass plant. There would be no reason to prevent the plant from falling into the hands of another owner.
The Bio-Energy Plant is generated by burning wood. The Amsterdam Party for the Animals party chairman Johnas van Lammeren asked whether the aldermen find it “morally responsible” to sell the plant. According to him, a new owner will want to keep this biomass plant open as long as possible.
“It is true that it is up to the future owner to determine what the future will be of the Bio-Energiecentrale Amsterdam”, say Everhardt and Van Doorninck today. know. They point out that it is a result of the city council’s decision to sell the entire Waste and Energy Company (AEB) and that the majority of the city council supported that choice.
“With this, the municipal executive and council have accepted that the municipality will no longer have a grip on the future of the Amsterdam Bio-Energy Plant via AEB,” write the two aldermen. However, it is said that the new owner is also bound by laws and regulations. subsidies and levies in this industry would be “highly relevant”. A major grant would expire in twelve years.
Van Lammeren asked whether the municipality could keep the power station itself, so that the power station “can be closed as quickly”. The councilors don’t see that. “The Commission does not see any part in the sale process that is currently running for AEB, of which the Bio-Energiecentrale Amsterdam is, after an interim break.”
According to them, the city council has always found that “the limited use of biomass has been chosen in cases due to lack of good alternatives”. However, it must be temporary, “during the transition phase to a fully CO2-neutral energy supply”. A search should also be made for “the correct quality and origin of the biomass used”.
Van Lammeren questions the latter. He wrote that there is no evidence whatsoever that only waste wood is indeed used in the power station. Everhardt and Van Doorninck, as Van Doorninck said earlier, that the controlling role lies with the management of the AEB itself and not with the municipality, which is the sole shareholder of the AEB.