Sustainable Energy from Waste
Waste-to-Energy Plants produce electricity, district heating or cooling for homes and businesses, and steam for industrial processes.
The heat and electricity delivered to houses, public buildings and industry replaces fossil fuels used by conventional power plants. Waste-to-Energy Plants therefore help to reduce CO2 emissions.
Also, about 50% of the energy produced by Waste-to-Energy Plants is renewable. EU legislation considers the biodegradable fraction of municipal and industrial waste as biomass, and thereby a source of renewable energy.
To optimize the Waste-to-Energy process CEWEP members not only invest heavily in sophisticated filtering devices to minimise the emissions into the atmosphere, but also in increasing the energy efficiency of the plant so that it can generate as much sustainable energy from the waste as possible.
operate 24 hours a day,
7 days a week, 365 days
per year. They supply
reliable base-load energy
to the electricity grid.
On the basis that about 79 million tonnes of household and similar waste that remains after waste prevention, reuse and recycling, were treated in Waste-to-Energy Plants across Europe in 2012, 32 billion kWh of electricity and 79 billion kWh of heat can be generated.
Then between 8 - 44 million tonnes of fossil fuels (gas, oil, hard coal and lignite) emitting 22 – 43 million tonnes of CO2 can be substituted annually. Replacing these fossil fuels, Waste-to-Energy Plants can supply annually about 14 million inhabitants with electricity and 14 million inhabitants with heat.
This is the equivalent to the entire population of Denmark, Finland and Lithuania that can be supplied with electricity and heat throughout the year. In order to move away from Europe's high dependence on fossil fuels we should explore the cost effective and available alternative energy option: Waste-to-Energy.