Solid Waste & Recycling


European conference on waste-to-energy

Britain must renew its waste management systems over the next few years. There are plans to increase the proportion...

Britain must renew its waste management systems over the next few years. There are plans to increase the proportion of energy supplied from renewable sources, as concerns over climate change become embedded in legislation. Defra estimates that England could produce more than two million tonnes per year of Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) from household waste; the potential from commercial and industrial wastes is even greater.

Energy-using industries seek alternative, sustainable sources of energy as fossil fuel prices increase. SRF has begun to be used across Europe as waste managers, energy users and society efficiently capture the benefits in these valuable alternative fuels.

SRF is a solid fuel prepared to demanding European standards from non-hazardous wastes, to be used as an energy source. SRF can be prepared from a range of inputs, including municipal, commercial and industrial wastes.

Carbon benefit

Municipal/industrial solid waste, even after separate collection of biowaste, often contains a substantial amount of biogenic materials. SRF can be prepared through a controlled process which enables industry (cement kilns, power plants etc) to partially substitute for fossil fuels thus:

reducing greenhouse gas emissions
avoiding landfilling
contributing to the production of energy from renewable energy sources
saving natural resources (coal, natural gas)
reducing dependency on the imported primary energy sources, enhancing
security of supply.


SRF is widely used across Europe and beyond as a substitute fuel in cement kilns, coal-fired or SRF-dedicated power plants, lime kilns, industrial boilers and combined heat and power plants (CHP), delivering energy to industry and/or municipalities.

SRF preparation units:

Remondis in Erftstadt (Germany)
Veolia in Oslo (Norway)
Essent Milieu in Wijster (The Netherlands)
Pirelli Ambiente in Cuneo (Italy)
Ecodeco in Lacchiarella (Italy)
Albra in Winschoten (The Netherlands)
AVR in Utrecht (The Netherlands)
PJC in Tampere (Finland)
Shanks in East-London (UK)
Geocycle in Seneffe (Belgium)

This international conference will bring together current and potential users and producers of SRF. The event will enable local authorities, waste management companies, energy producers and energy users to listen to and discuss SRF with expert speakers from across Europe. Policy-makers and regulators will be presenting, and there will be a range of fascinating case studies.

Topics to be covered will include:

European perspective on SRF
UK policy needs and perspective on SRF
NGO view of SRF
Role of Fuel Standards
UK experience of SRF production
Carbon footprint of SRF production and use
Market development for SRF in Europe
Industry sector and Country experience of SRF from Europe
Permitting SRF
Financial incentives for SRF
UK market development

Delegate rates: 150 (RRF members 75) + VAT.

You can request a programme (available shortly), or register for this conference simply by replying to this email. Alternatively, you can do so at RRF’s website: [to register] (to pay or request an invoice)

Kit Strange, Director
Resource Recovery Forum
Yellow Cottage
North Yorkshire BD23 6EA, UK

T: +44 (0) 1756 711 363

F: +44 (0) 1756 711 360


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