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In partnership with Imperial College London
In partnership with Imperial College London

A. EfW facilities and high levels of recycling

In 2010, the WtERT Council presented the city of Vienna in Austria with an award for being one of the cleanest and most livable cities in the world. Vienna has two EfW facilities - Spittelau with a capacity to process about 260,000 tonnes per annum (tpa) of waste and Floetzersteig with a capacity of 200,000 tpa.

The Spittelau facility produces electricity and hot water. It generates around 36,400 MWh of electricity per year, enough to meet the annual electricity needs of 8,000 households. It also provides heating to 190,000 homes and 4,200 public buildings, including Vienna's largest hospital. It is situated close to the centre of the city and its striking design has made it a local tourist attraction.

Other finalists were Berlin (Germany), Greater Copenhagen (Denmark), Malmo (Sweden), Marion County-Oregon (U.S.A), Munich (Germany), Singapore, Vancouver (Canada), and Zurich (Switzerland). All have major EfW facilities with excellent environmental track records.

> Case Study

> Key Fact

There are about 430 EfW facilities operating in Europe. These have the capacity
to provide enough energy for approximately 7 million and enough heat for an
additional 13.4 million homes.

The Confederation of European Waste-to-Energy Plants (CEWEP) represents about 390 of
those EfW plants across Europe.
 

"A comparison across Europe shows that countries with progressive waste management systems in place have both a high proportion of waste incineration as well as high rates of materials recycling, as for example in Denmark and the Netherlands, where waste incineration does not impede high rates of recycling"

The German Federal Environment Agency (UBA). From press release for background paper "Waste incineration does not oppose waste prevention" published in July 2008: > Press Release