The report shows that there was a total export of waste derived fuels – RDF and SRF – of 3,09 million tonnes from England to other European countries in 2018. The international resource management company Geminor tops the list of exporters with a total of 420 500 tonnes – or 13,6 percent of the total export from England. This is an increase of 28 percent from 2017.
N&P Alternative Fuels Ltd. is the second biggest exporter with approx. 363 500 tonnes, followed by Biffa Waste Services Ltd with 355 800. SUEZ UK Ltd is 4th with 335 200 tonnes.
Growth in Scandinavia
Norwegian Geminor, which has been present in the UK since 2014, has moved from 4th to 1st place on the export ranking list during 2018. The majority of the company’s export from England goes to the Nordics, with Sweden, Norway and Denmark as the biggest receiving markets.
– Geminor has invested in the supply chain by developing hub facilities in several countries and established consistent logistics routes for quality RDF through a number of ports. We have also experienced a higher demand for high quality English RDF in our target markets in Scandinavia, which leads to increased export from England throughout the year, says Geminor’s Chief Operating Officer, Ralf Schöpwinkel.
The report shows a drop in total export of waste fuels from England in 2018. A decline in secondary fuels export is expected after several years of growth, says Bid Manager at Geminor UK Ltd, Lindsay Davies.
– There is more energy from waste capacity becoming operational within the UK, export prices are high and in some areas of the UK landfill is still an economically viable option compared to export. In addition, some importing countries have large volumes of waste in storage, which also has consequences for the total export from England, says Davies.
According to the Environment Agency data, the Netherlands decreased import of English waste derived fuels by 16,8 percent in 2018 – but is still the biggest offtaker nation with a total of 1,29 million tonnes. Sweden is second with 584 000 tonnes and Germany comes 3rd with 510 000 tonnes. The two nations with the biggest growth in import from England are Denmark with 167 000 tonnes (up 48,2 percent) and Norway with 194 000 tonnes (up 20,6 percent).