Around 170 participants attended the Confederation of European Waste-to-Energy Plants’ 8th Congress in Rotterdam, with the theme of entitled ‘Circular Economy Meets Energy Union’.
The event included high level presentations from, among others: Fulvia Raffaeli, European Commission, DG GROW; Jorge Diaz del Castillo, European Commission, DG ENVI; Thomas Astrup, DTU Copenhagen Mario Grosso, Politecnico di Milano; Kerstin Kuchta, TH Hamburg. and Peter Quicker, RWTH Aachen.
She also reminded the audience that WtE’s input is also residual commercial and industrial waste. On energy policy, she stated that synergies with existing and further exploitation of District Heating/Cooling systems and steam delivery to industry are low hanging fruits.
She presented CEWEP’s common statement with recycling industries on metal recycling from bottom ash. Recycling these metals help saving 3.2 million tonnes of GHG emissions.
A Technical Session led by CEWEP’s Lighea Speziale, presented the state of play of the Review of BREF Waste Incineration (WI) and the sector’s point of view on the main issues:
- How the revised Associated Emission Levels (BAT-AELs) will be used to set Emission Limit Values in permits in the future
- How the relative uncertainty, which becomes more important when the measurements are close to 0, becomes an issue and requires caution, since the future BAT-AELs will be used to set legally binding Emission Limit Values
- The fallouts of having two different regimes of compliances in the Industrial Emissions Directive (Effective Operating Time as a special regime for WI).
A video with some of the highlights from the event can be viewed below
Incineration in the Spotlight: Revised WI BREF
For many years European industrial emissions policy has taken an integrated approach, with the use of Best Available Techniques at its heart. While not originally mandatory, by 2010 the reference document outlining best practice for waste incineration became legally binding. Now however, those reference documents are to be revised, along with the emission limits they set. By Hubert de Chefdebien and Guillaume Perron-Piché
Deriving Waste Incineration BATAELS Under 21st Century Legislation
The second in a series of WMW articles on the Waste Incineration Best Available Techniques Reference Document tackles the specific features of the sector when it comes to deriving new BATAELs during the review of the WI-BREF and specifically its BAT-Conclusions. By Hubert de Chefdebien and Guillaume Perron-Piché