Joint Position Paper on Waste-to-Energy
Waste-to-Energy is an indispensable pillar of waste management and a valuable contribution to the circular economy. To insist on the importance of Waste-to-Energy for a sustainable circular economy as well as for the provision of services of general interest, FEAD has cosigned a position paper together with other ten associations:
According to the waste hierarchy, avoidance, reuse and recycling have priority over other forms of recovery and disposal, including energy recovery. Yet, not all types of waste can – for the time being – be avoided, reused or recycled to a high standard. Therefore, energy recovery from waste must continue to be considered as an eligible part of the waste treatment – respectively in the context of the EU taxonomy and the “Fit for 55” package. Consequently, respective financing options must be safeguarded. Otherwise, a lack of thermal waste treatment would encourage rather than reduce the environmentally damaging landfilling of high-calorific, fossil or even methane-forming biological waste.
The position paper is cosigned by:
- Confederation of European Waste-to-Energy Plants (CEWEP)
- European Federation of Local and Regional Energy Companies (CEDEC)
- European Waste Management Association (FEAD)
- Federal Association of the German Waste Management, Water and Raw Materials Industries (BDE)
- German Association of German Cities (DST)
- German Association of Local Public Utilities (VKU)
- German Association of Towns and Municipalities (DStGB)
- German County Association (DLT)
- Interest Group of Thermal Waste Treatment Plants in Germany (ITAD)
- Municipal Waste Europe (MWE)
- The Austrian Association of Public Enterprises and the Public Sector (VÖWG).