Energy from waste exports up

Exports of refuse derived fuel (RDF) from England and Wales grew by more than half a million tonnes last year. There was a total of 2.94 million tonnes produced in […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

Exports of refuse derived fuel (RDF) from England and Wales grew by more than half a million tonnes last year.

There was a total of 2.94 million tonnes produced in 2015, according to provisional data from the RDF Industry Group, which includes waste management contractors and operators from the UK and Europe such as Veolia, Biffa and Associated British Ports.

It also stated the Netherlands received the largest quantity of waste with 1.3 million tonnes followed by Germany and Sweden with 0.7 million tonnes and 0.41 million tonnes respectively.

Bulgaria and Cyprus were the new RDF export destinations last year, it added.

A spokesperson for the RDF Industry Group said: “We expect that when more up to date data is released, RDF export tonnages for the UK for 2015 will exceed 3 million tonnes and may even be as high as 3.3 million tonnes.

“This represents a significant increase from 2014. Predictions that export growth will begin to slow significantly have not yet been realised.”