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Waste-to-Energy Cycle

Currently, Waste-to-Energy Plants in Europe can supply 18 million inhabitants with electricity and 15.2 million inhabitants with heat. This is based on 90 million tonnes of remaining household and similar waste that was treated in 2015 in Europe.

Depending on the fuel you replace – gas, oil, hard coal or lignite – between 10 – 49 million tonnes of fossil fuels emitting 24 – 49 million tonnes of CO2, would not need to be used by conventional power plants to produce this amount of energy.

Waste-to-Energy technology is one of the most robust and effective alternative energy options to reduce CO2 emissions and to save limited fossil fuel resources used by traditional power plants.

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Circular Economy Calculation Tool

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