Benefits of Energy-from-Waste
Energy-from-Waste facilities provide a safe, technologically advanced means of waste disposal that reduces greenhouse gases, generates clean energy and recycles metal.
Energy-from-Waste (EfW) is widely recognized as a technology that can help mitigate climate change. This is because the waste combusted at a EfW facility doesn’t generate methane, as it would at a landfill; the metals that would have been sent to the landfill are recovered for recycling instead of being thrown out; and the electricity generated offsets the greenhouse gases that would otherwise have been generated from coal and natural gas plants. EfW facilities are the only form of energy generation that actually reduces greenhouse gases.
Additionally, the energy produced at energy-from-waste facilities is reliable baseload power, meaning that it is generated 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That provides the opportunity to not only sell electricity onto the grid, but also provide steam delivered to houses, public buildings and industry.
Additionally, EfW facilities provide the following benefits:
- Reduces electricity generated from fossil fuel sources, helping the UK with its long-term energy security priorities.
- Recycles and reuses of metals and other materials.
- The opportunity to supply heat and steam to nearby homes and businesses.
- Local job creation and supply chain opportunities in the construction and operational phases.
- Operational facilities that provide significant tax revenues for local authorities through business rates.
- Numerous community benefit programs.
Did You Know?The average European household produces enough non-recyclable residual waste to fill Wembley Stadium twice every week. The CEWEP states that by diverting all of the UK's and Europe's residual waste from landfill to EfW facilities would save estimated 92 million tonnes of CO2 emissions in the EU. -