Spain: Report calls for more energy from waste capacity

Energy recovery of non-recyclable municipal waste would bring “significant opportunities” for the environment, economy and society in Spain, according to a report by consultancy G-Advisory. 

The study was elaborated with the aim of offering an updated review of municipal waste and its energetic value, as well as the opportunities for the sector.

One of its main findings highlighted the great need of improving Spain’s energetic self-sufficiency, due to the country’s reliance on energy imports. The study showed that during the 2008-2012 period, 77% of primary non-renewable energies was imported, including 99% of oil. This led to an extraordinary expense, both public and private.

The report shows as well that Spain has 23 installations that produce biogas, along with waste separation and composting.  In 2012, 71 out of 134 municipal landfills successfully extracted biogas, generating a total of 331,384,326 kWh.

The report found revenues from Spain’s current energy from waste sector came to around €273 million, which could be doubled if the country brought its capacity up to the lower end of what similar nations achieve.

This article is a result of a partnership between ENDS Waste&Bionergy and EBA.

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