Seasonal demand sees increased volume of waste recovered for Geminor
Arctic conditions across Scandinavia this winter have led to high volumes of RDF being recovered for secondary fuels specialist Geminor. According to Environment Agency (EA) data released earlier this month, nearly 34,000 tonnes of Geminor’s exported refuse-derived fuel (RDF) was recovered in January alone – 1,000 tonnes greater than any other British business in that month*.
With temperatures remaining far below zero since October, this unusually high demand has been accounted to seasonality. However, thanks to its robust pan-European waste logistics network, Geminor has been able to supply fuel on demand. Geminor uses a network of UK producers and copes with seasonal fluctuations in demand for fuel by diverting RDF to summer storage facilities in Scandinavia. It is this strategy of continuous export coupled with winter usage of stored fuel that has allowed Geminor to successfully deliver the increased demand from Norway, Sweden and Denmark during this long winter period.
Ralf Schopwinkel, Chief Operating Officer at Geminor, commented: “Our excellent market position in both the UK and Scandinavia has allowed us to react quickly to fulfil the unusually high demand for secondary fuel in the Nordic countries this Winter.
“We fully appreciate the fundamental role that our operations play in the international energy landscape. Take Scandinavia, for example. With a district heating network powered primarily by EfW, reliance on secondary fuels – especially in the colder weather – is huge.”