Wasting Energy? Campaigns against Waste-to-Energy Plants in France

Darren McCauley

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    The proliferation of waste incinerators in France has stimulated widespread policy conflict and social mobilisation. French government has struggled to follow a coherent waste management strategy. Its initial preference for landfills as a waste disposal solution was replaced by waste incineration. This sparked a nationwide programme of construction in both urban and rural areas. Recent technological advances in waste-to-energy have further cemented incineration as a major policy solution in its management mix. Local anti-incinerator campaigns have emerged throughout France in response. A resource-opportunity analysis is employed to explain why some campaigns succeeded when others did not.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)917-938
    JournalEnvironmental Politics
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 2009


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