Waste-to-Energy to the service of EU cities

An ESWET and Committee of the Regions event discussed the role of Waste-to-Energy in replying to challenges of the EU green transition by fostering the circular economy and energy security.


Brussels, 17 May 2023 - Policymakers and experts from across the European Union and beyond came together yesterday in Brussels, at the European Committee of the Regions, for the Conference Waste-to-Energy & the City: generating value for Communities. The hybrid event organised by ESWET – The European Suppliers of Waste-to-Energy Technology, and co-hosted by the Committee of the Regions (CoR), discussed the challenges and opportunities for the Waste-to-Energy (WtE) sector in a city landscape and gathered more than 120 attendees.

During the event, participants engaged in dynamic panel discussions learning about regional WtE practices (Kata Tüttő – Deputy Mayor of Budapest, and member of CoR, Andries Gryffroy – Member of the Flemish Parliament, and member of CoR), relevant EU policies (Eero Ailio – European Commission), stakeholder engagement and accountability (Aurélie Beauvais – Euroheat & Power, Dr Thanos Bourtsalas – Columbia University, Ana Šerdoner – Bellona), innovative WtE technologies (Dr Ella Stengler - CEWEP, Vanessa Fakra – HZI & ESWET) and successful initiatives from across the EU (Alexander Kirchner - Wien Energie, Inger Anette Søndergaard, Ramboll Engineering), promoting both circular economy and energy security.
The discussions emphasised the importance of collaboration and partnerships between stakeholders, and the need to take a long-term perspective when it comes to waste management and WtE, and highlighted the importance of balancing environmental sustainability, economic development, and social well-being.
"We are facing complex and interconnected challenges when it comes to waste management and energy security – said Dr Siegfried Scholz, President of ESWET in his opening remarks - " and so we need to work together to find sustainable and equitable solutions."
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