A major part of household and similar waste that remains after waste prevention, reuse and recycling, is biodegradable. This waste is considered as biomass and therefore a source of sustainable energy.
This alternative energy source should be promoted for its:
CEWEP aims to highlight that recycling and energy recovery are complementary options in order to divert waste from landfilling.
To avoid wasting natural resources and reducing landfill methane emissions combustible waste should not be landfilled, but treated, in a more sustainable way, in Waste-to-Energy Plants that produce energy from the waste.
Please find below some slides summarising a report by the European Environment Agency (EEA) "Waste opportunities — Past and future climate benefits from better municipal waste management in Europe"
Membership of CEWEP underlines a Waste-to-Energy Plant’s commitment to ensuring high environmental standards, achieving low emissions by operating Best Available Techniques and maintaining state of the art energy production from otherwise un-reusable/recyclable materials.
The main challenge facing EU waste policy is to move towards a level playing field for waste treatment across the Community. This means applying the same environmental requirements for all plants. Industrial plants that co-incinerate waste, must also meet the same requirements on emissions as Waste-to-Energy Plants.
To prevent 'eco-dumping' and 'sham recovery', quality standards for recovery should be determined. Once this is the case, the incentives for inappropriate waste shipments should decrease.
CEWEP provides information to the public on emission levels, energy effi ciency, on the technology of Waste-to-Energy and the Plants´ contribution to climate protection in order to raise citizens´ awareness of the role Waste-to-Energy plays in sustainable waste management.
CEWEP represents European Waste-to-Energy Plants at the EU level, through thorough analysis of environmental legislation, on sustainable development and by providing information on the Waste-to-Energy sector to the Commission, Council and European Parliament.
Through this work CEWEP intends to participate in the decision making process from the earliest stage, closely in contact with the decision makers within the European Institutions.
CEWEP serves as a platform for the exchange of experience between members, advances scientific, technical and practical aspects of Waste-to-Energy and promotes research, development and dissemination of knowledge towards sustainable waste management and energy recovery.