Industry’s Role in Helping to Solve Major Challenges

Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) Industry Group publishes report detailing the industry’s role in helping to solve three major challenges in Europe: reducing greenhouse gas emissions, supporting a circular economy and improving energy security.  

The report, entitled “The Role of Waste Derived Fuel in the EU’s Energy and Resources Transition” presents evidence which reflects the positive benefits of treatment of residual waste via Waste to Energy (WtE). The paper identifies areas where policymakers in the new European Parliament and Commission should support the industry, including on landfill policy, carbon taxation and a joined-up approach to policy making.

Commenting on the Paper, Andy Jones, Chair of the RDF Industry Group, said: “The environmental benefits of WtE are clear: it avoids the harmful methane emissions associated with landfill and it produces energy, displacing fossil energy sources like coal and gas. The move to decarbonise WtE also incentivises pre-treatment, which has the potential to increase recycling. Taking a Single Market view of RDF trade across Europe will be vital to the success of the industry. This means pooling WtE capacity across the EU and ensuring policy is designed to support joined-up, Europe-wide approach.”

The RDF Industry Group’s publication, The Role of Waste Derived Fuel in the EU’s Energy and Resources Transition, is available to download here.

Source: RDF Industry Group (Bristol, June 10, 2024)