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Landfilling Reports Sends ‘Dangerous Message,’ CEWEP Says

The Confederation of European Waste-to-Energy Plants (CEWEP) is speaking out against a report produced by Eunomia on behalf of Zero Waste Europe that claims there is not much difference between landfill and incineration from a climate perspective. With COP21 currently under way in Paris, CEWEP says this a “dangerous message” to send, according to an article in Environmental Leader

According to CEWEP, numerous scientists in the field agree that “waste to energy plants contribute significantly to reducing the climate impacts of modern waste management and appear much more climate friendly than when the waste is disposed of in landfills.” The Zero Waste Europe report does not include critical parameters such as the energy substitution for landfill-produced electricity.

In addition, assumptions used in the report for the waste-to-energy (WtE) performance underestimate its climate benefits. For example, the report considers electricity-only plants, while the vast majority of European WtE plants generate combined heat and power. The report also excludes the benefits of metal recycling from WtE’s bottom ash.

Read the entire article from December 1 on Environmental Leaders website:

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