What CEWEP does
CEWEP highlights that recycling and energy recovery are complementary options in order to divert waste from landfilling.
To avoid wasting natural resources and to reduce landfill methane emissions, combustible waste that is not suitable for recycling should not be landfilled, but treated in a more sustainable way in Waste-to-Energy Plants that produce energy from the waste.
Waste-to-Energy prevents dirty or contaminated waste from entering the recycling chain and adversely impacting quality.
If waste is not good enough for recycling (e.g. degraded after being recycled several times) it should be turned into energy by Waste-to-Energy Plants.
There is a major opportunity to use even more energy from waste in the form of heat, if the appropriate linking of heat (or process steam) customers to Waste-to-Energy Plants would be encouraged.
Therefore we need drivers for improving infrastructure for district heating and cooling in addition to incentives to maximize electricity production from waste.
The energy gains from Waste-to-Energy can be increased by improving access to power grids for Waste-to-Energy Plants.
Waste-to-Energy Plants generate reliable base-load energy, while at the same time providing vital waste services.