RDF exports from England level off at about 120,000 tonnes per month

It has been a few years now since the heyday of English refuse-derived fuel (RDF) exports to Continental Europe. However, the sharp downward trend that was seen in 2019 and that intensified after the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 appears to have come to a halt. England’s RDF exports have settled at a relatively stable level with an average of 120,000 tonnes per month for about a year now, according to recently published data from the Environment Agency (EA). The largest share of these shipments ended up at incineration facilities in Sweden and the Netherlands. There are hardly any offtakers remaining in Germany, with the notable exception of the industry leader EEW.

All told, England exported around 354,000 tonnes of RDF, higher-quality SRF (solid recovered fuel) or other waste that had undergone mechanical treatment in the first three months of this year, EA data shows. By way of comparison, shipments reached 431,000 tonnes in the same period last year.

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