From carbon neutral to carbon negative: Waste to Energy on the path to CCUS


As the Waste-to-Energy sector is looking into the implementation of Carbon capture, utilisation and storage technologies, ESWET members worked with the Secretariat over the last year to assess the remaining regulatory and technical obstacles.

Launched in September 2021, the ESWET CCUS working group has already held 8 meetings to discuss all aspects of CCUS and carbon removals. Thanks to discussions and exchanges supported by the working group Chair Dr Tom Croymans (Keppel Seghers) and ESWET members, the Secretariat prepared a short briefing on the main issues and questions remaining on the implementation of innovative capture technologies in Waste-to-Energy plants.

With recent EU policy developments such as the Carbon removal certification mechanism proposal, the work will continue in 2023 aiming to increase understanding of what is needed at regulatory level to ensure the success of all projects.

Indeed, CCUS offers the possibility to plants to become carbon negative, either by storing CO2 safely, or utilising it in long-lasting products or materials. The production of synthetic fuels, not fully recognised yet in policy, also brings environmental benefits by substituting fossil fuels.

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For more information on EU policy, please read Biogenic emissions from WtE

For more details on CCUS and Waste-to-Energy, please contact Ms Manon Roussel at

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