Cooperation with Chinese company stimulates global climate challenge
– AWECT helps with clean air in China
– Intended CO2 reduction of more than 12 million tons per year is almost a quarter of the reduction targets of the Cabinet for 2030 (56 million)
AWECT is starting a collaboration with the Chinese Kangda EP. The joint venture must lead to new waste incineration plants in China that convert 30,000 tons of waste into energy every day. The festive signing of the agreement took place under the approval of Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who is on trade mission in China.
The ambition of the joint venture between AWECT and Kanga EP is to develop projects in the next five years that are good for the processing of 30,000 tons of waste per day. This waste no longer disappears into the landfill, but is converted into energy. Not only is energy generated, CO2 emissions in excess of 12 million tons are also avoided on an annual basis.
By way of comparison: this is almost equal to a quarter of the ambition of the Rutte III government to reduce CO2 emissions by 56 million tons by 2030.
Amsterdam-based AWECT provides services for waste incineration projects and consults governments on strategies for waste management in a circular society. Waste incineration is complementary to recycling in a circular economy and never competes with it because it offers a good “sink” solution for residual waste that can’t be recycled or reused. High Efficiency (HE) waste incineration offers a competitive alternative to landfills, especially in countries where electricity prices are high and the port costs for landfill are low. The HE technology has a negative CO2 footprint. This technology was successfully developed ten years ago in Amsterdam and is now considered proven. Waste burning as a solution is not new. In Amsterdam, waste has been incinerated for more than a century. The technology of Amsterdam’s AWECT is revolutionary because more energy can be gained from waste than conventional factories can. More precisely, an improvement in electrical efficiency of between 30% and 50%. At the same time, the emissions are extremely low. Because the emissions are lowered by using the latest technologies. The quality of the air from the new factories is even better than the air quality of the average metropolis.
The use of the ‘energy from waste’ technology is particularly suitable for countries where residual waste still ends up in waste disposal sites. These landfills produce large quantities of methane and CO2, and thus not only pose a threat to public health, but also as a major cause of the greenhouse effect. Worrying situations that often occur in countries with a less developed economy, where landfill sites are still an interesting, cheap short-term solution. Because electricity prices are often high in these countries, high yields can take priority over the polluting landfill. After all, the revenues from the sale of electricity reduce the costs for waste processing for cities and residents. In addition, energy from waste contributes to the sustainable energy supply of a country, with as a by-catch the reduction of CO2 emissions. But is not recycling better than incineration? Recycling is ultimately the goal, but not everything can be recycled. Even in the Western world, only a fraction of the waste can and will be recycled. In large parts of the world we are still far from the ideal recycling model and it is precisely there that it is important to get away from landfill sites. Energy from waste may not be in competition with recycling, but certainly with landfill.
Kangda EP is a private company in China with a long history in waste water management. By working together with AWECT, it gains access to knowledge with which the market of energy-out-of-waste can be accessed. Kangda has the ambition to contribute to a sustainable and clean Asia. For AWECT, the joint venture with Kangda EP created the opportunity to engage in waste incineration on the large and fast growing Chinese and Asian markets.