Climate Protection

CEWEP’s overview of CCUS projects & initiatives in the European WtE sector

22nd February 2023

In 2022 CEWEP contributed to the 16th Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies Conference (GHGT-16) in Lyon. The GHGT conference series is organised by the IEAGHG, a technology collaboration programme of the International Energy Agency and the principal reference on global level on Greenhouse Gas mitigation R&D. Following the conference the IEAGHG published The Climate Roadmap of the European Waste-to-Energy Sector | The path to Carbon Negative by Fabio Poretti, Ella Stengler. 

The paper condenses the findings of the latest CEWEP Climate Roadmap, with additional comprehensive overview of Carbon Capture Use and/or Storage (CCUS) projects and initiatives in the European WtE Sector (Table 1).

The WtE industry is actively looking into CCUS and the momentum is building up with many more feasibility studies, pilot projects and initiatives going on across Europe. The role of the Waste-to-Energy sector in climate change mitigation was also  acknowledged in April 2022 by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of the United Nations that reported how “The integration of WtE and carbon capture and storage (CCS) could enable waste to be a net zero or even net negative emissions energy source. For example, in Europe only, the integration of CCS with WtE facilities has the potential to capture about 60 to 70 million tons of carbon dioxide annually.”