Geminor saved CO2-emissions equivalent of 300,000 cars

The 2019 annual environmental report from Geminor shows that the company saved emissions of around 416 400 tonnes of CO2 equivalents in Europe last year.

The international resource management company Geminor has published its annual assessment on the environmental impact of the company’s operations: In total, the material recycling and waste-to-energy recovery gives an environmental benefit of as much as 416,442 tonnes of CO2 equivalent in 2019. Geminor’s emissions when treating and transporting waste at sea and on land is included in the assessment.

The total emissions savings of Geminor in 2019 correspond to the average annual emissions of around 62,000 EU citizens* – or close to 293,300 European cars* (*EU annual average of 6.7 tonnes CO2/person, and 1.42 tonnes of CO2/car).

The report reveals that Geminor has reduced the emissions of CO2 equivalent by 131,742 tonnes compared to 2018. The waste management services provided an average climate factor of -0.313 tonnes of CO2 per tonne of waste – an improvement from -0.213 tonnes of CO2/tonne in 2018.

CEO of Geminor, Kjetil Vikingstad, comments on the environment report.

CEO at Geminor, Kjetil Vikingstad.

– In 2019 we handled 1.4 million tonnes of waste feedstock for material recycling and energy production all over Europe. But while the total volume is approximately the same as in 2018, the total CO2 savings has increased dramatically. This is due to increased volumes of treated RDF from the UK which is diverted from landfills, and other factors such as more recycling of waste wood and an increase in metals recycling. We are very pleased to see that waste management services are proving more sustainable than ever, says Vikingstad.

The most sustainable streams

The assessment shows that the single most beneficial material to recycle is plastic, with a climate factor of -2.70 kg of CO2 saved per kg waste. Recycling of waste wood gives in total the largest climate surplus of all waste fractions handled by Geminor and leads to approx. 12 percent less emissions than waste wood being used in energy production.

– In a global perspective the report is limited, but it clearly shows that the waste industry in Europe is producing more efficient waste fractions and is getting better at material recycling. This complies with EU sustainability ambitions for the coming decade. The report also concludes that transport of waste around Europe for material recycling or energy production has a positive climate impact, says CEO of Geminor, Kjetil Vikingstad.

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