Welcome to ESWET
ESWET - The European Suppliers of Waste-to-Energy Technology is the European Association representing manufacturers in the field of Waste-to-Energy technology.
The main purpose of ESWET is to foster the development and the dissemination of Waste-to-Energy technology.
ESWET also seeks to raise the awareness of the positive implications of the technology in terms of better waste management, energy and for the environment.
Latest ESWET News
Press Release - The European Strategy for Plastics: A missed opportunity
ESWET welcomes the adoption of the EU Strategy for Plastics, a proposal that through its multiple applications will improve the life of citizens. However, despite the efforts made by the European Commission in order to boost and improve recycling, the Strategy fails to take into consideration the option of energy recovery.
Find out why here.
For an ambitious EU industrial strategy: going further
Following the publication of the Communication from the European Commission “Investing in a smart, innovative and sustainable Industry: a renewed Industrial Strategy for Europe” ESWET joined other 118 European industrial associations and signed the Joint Reaction Paper: “For an ambitious EU industrial strategy: going further”.
The paper was presented to the Council Industry Working Party on 23rd October and it reaffirms the commitment of the industrial sector to cooperate with the EU institutions to implement a long-term strategy to keep the EU a competitive global industrial player.
Read the full paper here.
ESWET Position Paper: Renewable Energy Directive II
ESWET supports the transition to more renewable Europe. The European Union’s commitment to the Paris Agreement needs to be translated into ambitious targets and practical measures that will help mitigate climate change. However, the transition needs to be executed in a manner that will ensure security of energy supply. Using sustainable biomass is a way to accommodate both goals, and this is where Waste-to-Energy plays an important role.
Please download the full Position Paper here.
ESWET Position Paper: EU Strategy on Plastics
ESWET welcomes the Commission’s initiative to create an EU Strategy on Plastics. From packaging protecting food from rotting (and humans – from food poisoning) to pipes in our homes, plastics have proven their usefulness and versatility. They are light and durable and can be moulded into different shapes. In an ideal world, we would be able to recycle all of these materials infinite number of times. However, a reality check shows that in certain cases energy recovery is a better solution due to several recycling constraints.
Please read the full Position Paper here.
Activity Report 2016
ESWET has published its Activity Report for 2016. It includes activities from January to December 2016, with a specific focus on, amongst others, the Waste-to-Energy Communication, Circular Economy and BREFs.
Download the full version here
Press Release on WI BREF
ESWET welcomes the release of the Draft 1 of the Waste Incineration Best Available Techniques (BAT) Reference Document (WI BREF) on 24th May 2017. Once adopted, this document will have an important impact on the Waste-to-Energy sector as all permits will have to be based on the BAT Conclusions 4 years after the publication in the Official Journal.
On first reading, the BAT Associated Emission Levels (BATAELs) proposed in Draft 1 are stricter than the current emission standards for Waste-to-Energy plants. ESWET, together with CEWEP and FEAD believes that although some parts of the text can be supported, there are still open questions to be clarified.
For the full press release, please click here.
ESWET in the media
We are pleased to inform that in the latest edition of the European Energy Innovations magazine you can find an article on the Future of Waste-to-Energy written by ESWET Secretary General, Mr Patrick Clerens, and ESWET Policy Officer, Ms Natalia Walczak.
In order to view the article, please click here.
ESWET comments - ENVI vote on the Circular Economy Package
The ENVI Committee of the European Parliament adopted on 24th January four reports on the legislative proposals from the Circular Economy Package. ESWET would like to use this opportunity to remind about the important role of Waste-to-Energy in the transition towards the Circular Economy.
For the comments, please click here.
The Communication from the Commission on the role of Waste-to-Energy in the Circular Economy
ESWET welcomes the publication by the European Commission of the Communication on the role of Waste-to-Energy in the Circular Economy. We believe that waste management policies, in order to bring benefits to all EU citizens, should be based on efficient and sustainable solutions.
Waste-to-Energy (i.e. thermal energy recovery of waste) is one of them: it complements Circular Economy by dealing with waste not suitable for recycling that would be otherwise landfilled. On the other hand, it also provides a source of reliable and local energy that can be used in our houses or by industry. Finally, it helps recovering important materials (metals and minerals).
For the full press release, click here.
[Update 02.02.2017: Due to a typo in the JRC study our press release mentioned that the Waste-to-Energy potential for increased energy recovery is 26%, whereas the correct number should be 29%]