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The following two examples are
coming from the Netherlands,
where in 2013 almost 12% of all
sustainable energy produced in
the country was generated by
WtE plants.

The supply of heat and steam heat for 95,000 households. efficiency and providing
by Twence Hengelo WtE substantial results for the local
plant to local industry and The last example of the efficient industries and communities.
local district heating systems use of resources in this short
won a 2013 Global District article comes from the north of However even more can be done
Energy Award in the category Italy. by better shaping the energy
“Modernisation of existing and environmental policy on
networks”. The WtE plant of The A2A Brescia WtE plant European and local level. Better
Twence, supplies steam to delivers both electricity and infrastructure (for district heating
AkzoNobel’s salt-production plant heat through DH system, and cooling and steam delivery
via 1.5 km steam pipeline. Thanks satisfying the energy needs of for industry) and diverting more
to this pipeline, which delivers one third of the inhabitants of waste from landfill to quality
around 800,000 tonnes of steam the city of Brescia. In 2013, the recycling and energy recovery
per year AkzoNobel managed WtE plant supplied 561 GWh are necessary in order to develop
to reduce their consumption of of electricity and 805 GWh of Waste-to-Energy’s full potential
natural gas by 80 million cubic heat for district heating. This for providing high energy
meters per year. Another pipeline represents fossil fuel savings of efficiency solutions. l
connects the WtE plant to the about 150,000 toe (tonnes of oil
local DH system of the city of equivalent) and avoids 400,000 CEWEP (Confederation of European Waste-
Enschede and supplies around tonnes of CO2-emissions. It is to-Energy Plants) is the umbrella association
180 GWh of heat which equals worth noting that in the city of of the owners and operators of Waste-to-
the heat consumption of 13,000 Brescia the WtE plant delivers Energy plants (waste incineration with energy
households. This allows the saving 68 % of the local district heating recovery) across Europe. CEWEP’s members
of natural gas of about 22.5 demand. are committed to ensuring high environmental
million cubic meters per year. standards, achieving low emissions and
The examples presented above maintaining state of the art energy production
The AVR Rozenburg WtE demonstrate well the general from remaining waste that cannot be recycled in
plant supplies steam to trend in the WtE sector – strong a sustainable way.
industry located in the area of focus on achieving high energy
Rotterdam harbour and heat
to the DH of Rotterdam. The
WtE plant supplied in 2013,
416 GWh of process steam to
several industrial plants via an
above-ground steam pipeline.
The current DH system – South
Branch, length of 26 km, supplied
in 2013, 416 GWh of heat for
50,000 households in Rotterdam.
In 2015 a new DH pipeline – North
Branch, length of 16 km, will
supply on a yearly basis around
972 GWh of heat to the city of
Rotterdam, providing sustainable
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