The generation of energy from waste is active environmental protection. In a number of ways. With an average proportion of 50 percent biogenic materials in the waste, it is recognised that the energy produced in waste incineration plants is energy from renewable sources in accordance with the German Renewable Energies Act (EEG) and thus contributes to achievement of climate goals in Germany and Europe. Using waste for energy production enables us to avoid using primary energy sources like coal, gas and oil. At the same time using the fuels from the EEW plants for energy improves the CO2 balance. This positive climate balance shows that besides recycling suitable materials, the treatment of waste to produce energy also represents an important element of the ecological recycling economy.
Intelligent resource management.
Waste recycling has priority over disposal. The hi-tech EEW plants and constant innovations guarantee the safe and also environmentally sustainable treatment of waste from households, trade and industry. In the incineration process the harmful substances contained within the waste are either destroyed or removed from the materials cycle. Raw materials filtered out and residual materials like slag for road construction are returned to the materials cycle to be reused. In the recycling process the overall volume of the waste is reduced by approx. 90 percent and at the same time new energy is produced – an intelligent and particularly environmentally efficient form of resource management.
Emissions below statutory limits.
Also exemplary: emissions from the EEW plants are substantially below the strict statutory limits. Generally the air released from our plants is significantly less contaminated than city air. Waste which cannot be avoided or recycled is given an important final task with EEW Energy from Waste: we give waste a job in climate protection.
Our ecological key figures at a glance.
We record and report the direct and indirect greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from our business activity in accordance with the requirements set out in the GRI Standards and in line with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol standard. You can find more information on this in our current sustainability report in chapter "Climate-relevant emissions (output)".
Our sustainability roadmap sets out 14 goals in 5 fields of action that we want to achieve as the EEW Group by 2030. In addition, we have identified specific measures for our site in Delfzijl, the Netherlands, with the help of a CO2 performance ladder and its certification by the Foundation for Climate-Friendly Procurement and Enterprises (SKAO) in order to further reduce our carbon footprint.