Waste incineration makes a significant contribution to reduction of CO2 emissions
A significant source of low-carbon energy
It is often an overlooked fact that waste incineration is a significant source of low-carbon energy. Waste that cannot be recycled or reused is a useful fuel for production of energy through incineration. Each year, 15 million tonnes of waste are collected and processed by the Danish waste sector and the Danish waste-to-energy plants convert the waste to generate heat and electricity supply
Denmark – we get the most out of our waste
Denmark has incinerated waste for more than 100 years, and for most of that time utilized the derived energy to produce power and/or heat - the latter mostly as district heating. The waste burned in incineration plants is mostly biomass, with low fossil carbon content, thus contributing to an overall reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
Moving towards a future with less incineration
Despite the valuable contribution to green energy production in Denmark, incineration causes loss of materials and resources which could have been recycled. Consequently, the Danish government has presented a new strategic approach to waste – encouraging recycling over incineration. By 2022, 50% more household waste will be recycled instead of incinerated.
Did you know?
- Danish incineration plants are the cleanest and most efficient in the world, generating approximately 2 Mwh heat and 2/3 MWh electricity from every ton of waste incinerated.
- Denmark was the first country in the world to stop the landfilling of waste suitable for incineration.
- Just 6% of Denmark´s waste ends up in a landfill.