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 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.
ESWET's comments - ITRE vote on the Circular Economy Package
ESWET welcomes the adoption of four opinions on the Circular Economy Package in the ITRE Committee of the European Parliament.
We believe that the waste management policy, in order to bring benefits to all EU citizens, should be based on efficient and sustainable solutions. Waste-to-Energy is one of them, as it complements Circular Economy by dealing with waste not suitable for recycling that would be otherwise landfilled. In addition, it helps recovering important materials (metals and minerals). Therefore, we believe that the voice of Waste-to-Energy sector should be taken into account.
For the comments, please click here.
ESWET also prepared voting recommendations for the vote on the Circular Economy Package in the ENVI Committee, in line with the above mentioned integrated approach to waste management.
For the recommendations, please click here.
Explanatory note on INERIS report
ESWET together with CEWEP and FEAD prepared an explanatory note on the report 'Study on AMS and SRM performances and their impact on the feasibility of lowering ELVs for air emissions in the context of the BREFs and BATs revision and of BATAEL elaboration according to the IED' published in July 2016.
Our aim with the INERIS study is to raise awareness on the issue, to trigger discussion on this horizontal topic, and to work together with stakeholders in order to find a harmonised procedure or guidance at European level to deal with it: although compliance with current IED Annex V and VI ELVs is not questioned, for some pollutants the low values reported by plant operators cannot be used 1:1 to set emission limits, because the relative uncertainty connected to the measured values would be too high to comply with the current rules on uncertainty.
Considering the legally binding nature of ELVs (with severe legal consequences in case of noncompliance), we need to ensure that compliance with ELVs derived from BATAELs can be checked with the appropriate certainty.
For the full explanatory note, please click here.
INERIS report on accuracy of air emissions monitoring
ESWET together with CEWEP and FEAD are pleased to publish a report prepared by INERIS Institute addressing the question of air emissions monitoring within the Industrial Emissions Directive. The report focuses on reliability and accuracy of monitoring at very low concentrations, which has significant implications on the drawing up of Best Available Techniques (BAT) Reference documents (BREFs) and the setting of BAT Associated Emission Levels.
We consider that the monitoring issue must be very seriously taken into account before going further in the review process of Waste Treatment BREF and Waste Incineration BREF and before official validation of Large Combustion Plants BREF and Reference Report on Monitoring.
Bottom Ash Metal Recycling : Joint Statement
Various industries, including ESWET, very much support the Commission’s proposal to count recycling of metals from Waste-to-Energy’s bottom ash towards recycling targets in the Waste Framework Directive and the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive, while meeting certain quality criteria. Read the joint statement here.
For additional information, see the Bottom Ash factsheet developed by CEWEP.