Dr. Jurgita Malinauskaite
Brunel University London (UK)

Dr Jurgita Malinauskaite is a Senior Lecturer in law and Associate Dean for Equality and Diversity at Brunel University London. She is also a visiting Professor at Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania). Dr Malinauskaite is an expert in EU law, especially in the fields of Competition law, Waste law and Energy law. Specifically, her current interest is in Environment, Waste, Sustainability, and Renewable energy. She has been involved in several EU law projects funded by the Directorate General for Justice and the DG Competition of the European Commission, and the UK's Arts and Humanities Research Council. She is also the author of numerous journal articles as well as two books. Her latest article "Waste prevention in the context of the EU Waste Framework Directive: lost in translation?" will be published in European Energy and Environmental Law Review in June 2017. Her current project is on "Renewable energy: innovative technologies and prosumers' participation".

Renewable energy from waste from a legal perspective - where do we stand?

Renewable energy can be produced from a wide variety of sources including waste. The EU has a strong emphasis on renewables in order to meet its energy needs and make its energy production more sustainable. The Member States of the EU have already agreed on a new renewable energy target of at least 27% of final energy consumption in the EU as a whole by 2030 as part of the EU's energy and climate goals for 2030. In the light of this, the European Commission has recently published a proposal for a revised Renewable Energy Directive (REDII) to make the EU a global leader in renewable energy and ensure that the 2030 target is met. Energy markets are unable to deliver the desired level of renewables in the EU. Accordingly, there is a need to spur investment in renewable energy. Given that the renewable energy industry quests for technological innovation, this paper will explore the extent to which EU legislation (including the most recent proposal to REDII), policies and national schemes provide incentives for industries and businesses to invest in new technologies. Specifically, the paper will focus on energy produced from waste. It will unveil the extent to which waste as a renewable energy source can facilitate in meeting the EU targets. The low temperature pyrolysis technology will be used as a case study in this paper.