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Energise your Waste - European Suppliers of Waste to Energy Technology - 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


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.

ESWET Activity Report 2016

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%]



ESWET Voting Recommendations - ENVI vote on the Circular Economy Package

The ENVI Committee of the European Parliament will vote on the 24th January on the proposals for 4 directives on waste management.

Please find our voting recommendations concerning the Compromise Amendments here. We also invite you to read our recommendations from 14th November.


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