Significant decrease in RDF export from England

A report based on data released by the UK Environment Agency shows a decrease in export of waste derived fuels from England of 13 percent. Geminor UK Ltd. was the largest exporter of RDF and SRF from England last year.

The report – which is made by Footprint Services and based on EA data – shows that there was a total export of waste derived fuels (RDF and SRF) of 2,71 million tonnes from England to other European and Nordic countries in 2019. This is a decrease of 13,4 percent from the 3,09 million tonnes exported in 2018.

Geminor tops the list of exporters with a total of 311 907 tonnes – or 11,5 percent of the total export from England. Biffa Waste Services Ltd is the second biggest exporter in 2019, followed by SUEZ UK Ltd. and N&P Alternative Fuels Ltd.

Challenging market

Country manager at Geminor UK Ltd., James Maiden, is pleased to see Geminor maintain its position as the largest exporter of RDF and SRF from England for the second consecutive year.

Country Manager at Geminor UK, James Maiden.

– 2019 was a challenging market for UK export, mostly due to issues surrounding Brexit, the Dutch temporary import restrictions and an increase in UK domestic capacity and facilities. We expect these conditions to continue into 2020, where the Dutch and Swedish tax announcements will impact on UK flows, says Maiden.

– The English export market is decreasing, but if we look at the UK export in total the Geminor Group managed 495 000 tonnes of secondary fuels across 2019, with additional export volumes transported from Scotland, Ireland, Northern Ireland and internal UK flows, says country manager at Geminor UK Ltd., James Maiden.

SRF up by 4 percent

The report shows that export of RDF continues to drop in 2019. Simultaneously, the export of SRF is up by 4 percent last year.

According to the Environment Agency data, the Netherlands is still by far the biggest importer of English waste derived fuels, with 1,16 million tonnes and 43 percent of the market in 2019. Still, this is a decline of approx. 11 percent compared to 2018. Sweden is the second biggest offtaker nation with 559 000 tonnes, followed by Germany (397 000 tonnes) and Denmark (141 000 tonnes). Norway falls to a 5th place with 140 000 tonnes, down by 29 percent compared to 2018.

– At the moment it is important to keep up with changes in national market conditions. We maintain the flows by switching for example from UK producers to German producers when this is necessary. An increasingly complex market demands dynamic and adaptable solutions, concludes country manager at Geminor UK Ltd., James Maiden.