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Methane Pledge sparks calls for industry support

RDF Industry Group called for elimination of import or carbon taxes

Industry group Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) called on the UK government and the European Commission to “recognize the role that waste-derived fuels can play” in reducing methane emissions from landfills.

And, the Environmental Services Association (ESA) said that “a broader resource and waste policy must reconcile and support” efforts to reduce waste sector emissions from a range of waste infrastructure. processing.

This comes after the European Union and the United States launched the Global Methane Pledge to combine with COP26, under which countries, including the United Kingdom, pledge to reduce methane emissions by 30% d ‘by 2030.


According to the analysis by industry group RDF, based on UK landfills and Dutch EfW factories, one tonne of waste sent to landfill emits ten times more CO2e overall than recovering the same waste in an EfW installation.

“In the context of the RDF export, this means that the European community is working together to optimize the management of residual waste at EU level and to ensure that the EfW capacity available in Northern and Eastern Europe West is being used to divert waste from landfills in other countries, ”said the RDF Industry group.

He said that in this way, the group says, methane emissions associated with waste management could be reduced for the EU as a whole.

Robert Corijn, RDF Industry Group President and Marketing Director at Attero BV, said: “One of the best ways for Europe to reduce its methane emissions is to reduce, as much as possible, the amount of municipal waste sent to dump. With a quarter of European municipal waste still treated in this way, there is still a long way to go.

“We see some EU member states considering reducing national capacity to generate energy from waste, and others erecting barriers to the use of this capacity, at a time when member states should working together to ensure that this existing capacity is used to divert waste from the landfill. It is only through this type of common reflection that Europe will be able to reduce its global methane emissions effectively and rapidly.

“Import taxes, incineration taxes and carbon taxes must be rethought or eliminated” – RDF Industry Group


Waste management companies have invested in ways to reduce emissions from landfill sites, ESA says

The group also called on policymakers to align waste policy with the EU and UK commitment to reduce methane emissions by “removing barriers to the optimal use of all available energy. from waste and capacity in Europe ”.

He said import taxes, incineration taxes and carbon taxes “which hamper the free trade of waste-derived fuels, and thus make the transition away from landfill more difficult, should be redesigned or deleted ”.

He added: “With an appropriate policy structure supporting the free cross-border trade of waste-derived fuels, better management of residual waste can become a major contributor to EU and UK efforts to achieve their goals of the global methane commitment. “


ESA says that although its members have invested “significantly in capturing methane gas from landfills”, gases from landfills are still the second largest contributor to emissions from the waste sector.

He says ESA members have now set a sector goal of reaching net zero by 2040. This includes a goal of removing organic waste from landfills by 2030.

Jacob Hayler praised the engagement but said landfill regulations were only “part of the puzzle”

Defra has also indicated that it intends to ban biodegradable municipal waste from landfill by 2028, with Scotland implementing a ban in 2025.

ESA Executive Director Jacob Hayler said: “However, the ban on landfill materials is only one piece of the puzzle and puts pressure on other treatment strategies and infrastructure to avoid and dealing with these waste streams – which broader resources and waste policy must reconcile and support.

“We are delighted to see many world leaders today pledging to reduce methane emissions from all sources by 30% during this decade and to recognize the role of landfills in this area, but COP26 offers a opportunity for governments around the world not only to focus on landfill, but to seize the huge and broader carbon saving opportunities offered by the implementation of policy drivers and targets that support greater efficiency of landfills. resources and a more circular global economy.

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