Contract sets new international standard for low CO2 RDF

Danish EfW operator ARC and Geminor have signed a contract for the delivery of 30 000 tonnes of low CO2 RDF – or “green waste” – for energy- and heat production in the Copenhagen region.

ARC has an artificial alpine slope on its incineration plant in Copenhagen.

Danish municipal waste-to-energy and resource recovery company, Amager Resource Centre (ARC), will receive 30 000 tonnes of Refuse-derived Fuel (RDF) annually for the running of its Energy-from-Waste incineration plant. The contract, which was signed this week, constitutes a milestone in the development of sustainable EfW production in the EU: Never before has the demand for low fossil contents in a residual waste fuels contract been stricter.

Country Manager at Geminor in Denmark, Kasper Thomsen, explains how the contract with ARC is unique.

Kasper Thomsen, Geminor CM in Denmark.

– ARC sets the standard by burning more low fossil CO2 waste fuels, LCW, in Denmark. This fuel is based on residual waste consisting of waste streams with high biogenic content like wood, paper, cardboard and textiles – but with a limited content of waste plastics. Hence, this “green waste” is by definition non-recyclable and classified as RDF – but still a more sustainable option than regular waste fuels, says Thomsen.

Green streams in Europe

ARC delivers electricity and district heating to approximately 150.000 households in the Copenhagen region. The company is also known for its unique incineration plant, where an artificial alpine slope is designed on the roof of the plant building.

The waste fuels delivered to ARC is secured by waste streams from different European markets, Kasper Thomsen explains.

– The majority of the low CO2 RDF is processed in northern Germany, which provides efficient logistics. Geminor is also developing custom made waste streams in other European countries in line with the globalisation of the waste markets. By upgrading low CO2 RDF we are able to supply a more sustainable RDF which is not directly competing with clean biomass feedstock. Hence, we can now find, process and put this “green waste” into good use, says Thomsen.

ARC plant.

– This project has so far given us valuable experience regarding waste compositions and quality of RDF fuels. We believe this trend will continue in Denmark and potentially other markets, and we are ready to develop more waste streams to meet the demand of CO2 reductions in the waste sector, says Country Manager at Geminor DK, Kasper Thomsen.

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