Waste-to-Energy in the Netherlands

Sustainable energy from waste

The Dutch waste-to-energy plants currently deliver almost 12% of all sustainable energy produced in the Netherlands. The sustainable energy gains from waste-to-energy can be increased by improving access to national power grids for waste-to-energy plants, incentives to maximise electricity production from waste, and promoting infrastructure for district heating and cooling.

A cost-effective and reliable energy source

In the Netherlands, waste-to-energy plants thermally treat residual household and similar waste that cannot be reused or recycled in an economic or environmentally beneficial way. They are cost-effective and reliable sources of energy in the form of electricity, district heating or cooling, and steam for industrial processes. The heat and electricity delivered to housing and industry replaces fossil fuels used by conventional power plants. Waste-to-energy plants therefore help to reduce CO2 emissions.

Increasing efficiency and output

Our members are investing heavily to increase the energy efficiency of their plants. Energy output is also rising because many existing operators are expanding capacity or building biomass conversion facilities that burn wood waste.

Safe reuse and treatment of incineration residues

The residual bottom ash and the ferrous and non-ferrous metals it contains are utilised in construction projects and by industry. Sophisticated filtering devices minimise atmospheric emissions and the flue gas and wastewater are cleaned according to the strictest environmental standards prior to emission. The small quantities of fly ash and other residues from flue gas treatment are sent to specialised treatment facilities. The resulting product is used to stabilise salt mines or as a filler in tarmac.