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ESWET welcomes the European Parliament's report on EU's Circular Economy Action Plan

On January 27, 2021, the European Parliament Committee on Environment, Public Health, and Food Safety (ENVI) adopted its report on the new EU Circular Economy Action Plan. The European Suppliers of Waste-to-Energy Technology (ESWET) has welcomed it as a balanced report on the path to a circular economy. In particular, Parliament acknowledgment of resource efficiency's role to reduce dependency on primary raw materials behind 45 percent of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions generated in Europe.

The European Suppliers of Waste-to-Energy Technology (ESWET) has welcomed the adoption by the European Parliament Committee on Environment, Public Health, and Food Safety (ENVI) of its report on the new EU Circular Economy Action Plan as a balanced report on the path to a circular economy. In particular, the Parliament acknowledged resource efficiency’s role to reduce dependency on primary raw materials, and the importance of providing Waste-to-Energy (WtE) plants – such as Amager Bakke in Copenhagen, Denmark, with the most advanced technologies to treat non-recyclable waste (photo courtesy B&W Volund).

In a statement, ESWET says that it welcomes the European Parliament’s report on the EU Circular Economy Action Plan adopted on January 27, 2021. Amongst other things, the Parliament report called the EU Member States to strengthen their reuse and recycling efforts and move away from landfills.

ESWET is pleased to note that the text highlighted the importance of providing Waste-to-Energy (WtE) plants with the most advanced technologies to treat non-recyclable waste.

The EU Parliament report rightly focused on achieving the EU waste targets to end landfilling in Europe and further reduce non-recyclable waste. Following the waste hierarchy, modern and highly efficient waste-to-energy plants are essential to treat the residual waste that cannot be recycled, recovering energy and secondary raw materials, said Patrick Clerens, Secretary-General, ESWET.

According to ESWET, WtE contributes to the efficiency of the EU waste management by treating the fraction of waste that cannot be recycled, thus preventing landfills. Several EU countries landfill more than half of the waste they generate. Landfilled waste is a lost resource, a potential generator of methane emissions, and a source of pollution to air, soil, and water.

Efforts towards waste prevention should be a priority, but the need for non-recyclable waste treatment capacity cannot be overlooked. It would only perpetuate the unsustainable bailout options we see today, like massive shipments of waste outside Europe, which cause pollution and waste crime ESWET says.

ESWET notes that the European Parliament report correctly depicts Waste-to-Energy as a complementary tool to recycling for the safe treatment of non-recyclable waste and resource recovery.

State-of-the-art waste-to-energy plants currently built in Europe are at the forefront for energy efficiency and low emissions, they secure resources in Europe and are an essential link for a sustainable EU waste management chain.

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