Press Releases and Articles
Press Release: Single use plastics must be banned!
Single use plastics such as the ones found in cups for beverages, cutlery or straws should be banned if a robust life cycle assessment does not show that they are the best option for the environment. Such plastics are normally not compatible with the circular economy.
This is why ESWET welcomes the publication of the Commission proposal to reduce the impact of certain plastic products on the environment. In particular, once in force, the legislation will contribute to the reduction of plastics which are not suitable for reuse, recycling or recovery.
Read the full press release here.
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.
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.
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'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.
ESWET Site Visit to Indaver plant
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.
ESWET in the Media
With so much going on with the EU Waste-to-Energy policy, Ben Messenger (Waste Management World) spoke with Guillaume Perron-Piché, Policy Officer at the European Suppliers of Waste-to-Energy Technology, to shed some light on how it all fits together.
To download the full article, please click here.