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.
EEW measures and reports on the direct and indirect greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions resulting from its business activities in accordance with the requirements of the GRI Standards and guided by the GHG Protocol Corporate Standard (explained in detail in the footnotes to the tables). The data tables show the development of greenhouse gas emissions in tonnes of CO2 equivalent (CO2e) over the years 2018 – 20.
GHG emissions avoided through the energy recovery of waste and the reclamation of metallic secondary raw materials are not presented as offsetting credits but are instead reported additionally as emissions avoided through substitution.