Briefing: Up in Smoke

Briefing: Up in Smoke – Waste Incineration in NECPs

This briefing analysis the plans of Bulgaria, Hungary, Latvia, Poland and Slovakia to expand the use of waste incineration to generate energy (mostly heat) as part of their National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs). The study recommends to encourage those Member States to include sustainable alternatives in the final versions of their NECPs, with specific provisions on how to meet the recycling targets and make their waste management systems compatible with circular economy objectives: i.e. capable of flexibly responding to changing composition and volume of waste streams, and free of the risk of technological lock-in and stranded assets.

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