Clarity Environmental Director, John Adams, joined around 50 industry representatives at an Anglo-Dutch waste management roundtable event in London earlier this month. Organised by the Dutch embassy, the event was held to discuss waste policies in both the Netherlands and the UK, the benefits of refuse-derived fuel (RDF) exports for both countries and how the two can work together.
The rising volumes of waste-derived fuel exported to Europe show no sign of abating and latest figures released by the Environment Agency reveal that the Netherlands remains the largest market for exports from the UK, with around 764,853 tonnes of material sent there during the first seven months of 2014.
SITA Technology Development Director Stuart Hayward-Higham told delegates of the Anglo-Dutch roundtable event that demand from Europe for RDF is expected to climb until around 2018/19, when more UK plants will be available.
Clarity Environmental’s waste and recycling division started exporting RDF to the continent in 2013. It is an area of the business that has rapidly grown in success and we have successfully developed partnerships with businesses across Europe and the UK. Clarity Environmental’s services have been designed to divert waste from landfill and cut disposal costs for businesses and we work with UK and overseas energy recovery facilities, waste producers and business looking for new export routes for RDF or SRF.
Clarity Environmental Director, John Adams, who heads up our waste and recycling division said: “I was delighted to be involved in the Anglo-Dutch event where we had some important and interesting discussions. Since we started exporting RDF and SRF to Europe we have seen demand for our services rising fast. We are proud to be involved in this growing industry and believe that where we are working in areas that will benefit the environment, positive business opportunities should be encouraged across Europe.”
John added that Clarity is also keen to be involved in the development of UK facilities: “In addition to the growing export market, we are also pleased to be seeing developments within the UK and this is an area that we are increasingly involved in. We have a specialism in waste exports and will continue to look for opportunities across Europe, but we would also like to see further investment and growth in the domestic waste to energy markets.”
To read the full article on our attendance at the Anglo-Dutch waste management debate, read the September issue of our Clearview newsletter.