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Parliamentary questions
20 June 2018
E-002395/2018
Answer given by Mr Vella on behalf of the Commission

The Commission is not aware of the specific complaints referred by the Honourable Member. However, in its reply to Written Question E-003215/2017, the Commission held that waste which is not suitable for recycling can be effectively energy recovered through different waste-to-energy processes.

It is common for cement kilns to co-incinerate solid recovered fuel (SRF), a waste-derived fuel responding to the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) standard EN 15359 and classified under 5 categories based on the calorific value, and chlorine and mercury contents. All 5 categories are suitable for use.

Where waste-derived fuels are used in cement kilns, the rules on waste co-incineration laid down in Chapter IV and Annex VI of Directive 2010/75/EU(1) on industrial emissions (IED) apply, as well as Commission Decision 2013/163/EU establishing conclusions on Best Available Techniques for the cement sector(2).

These rules include emission limits for mercury, dioxins and furans. Since standards for continuous measurements of emissions of dioxins and furans are still under development, the Commission has not yet set the date as from which such continuous measurement should apply. In accordance with the rules laid down in Part 6 of Annex VI to the IED, at least two measurements per year of heavy metals and dioxins and furans shall be carried out and at least one measurement every 3 months for the first 12 months of operation.

As regards the shipment of waste-derived fuels, Regulation (EC) No 1013/2006(3) requires a prior written notification, consent and identification of the shipped waste by the relevant code listed in its Annexes.

Waste is not subject to the provisions of Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on classification, labelling and packing of substances and mixtures(4).

(1)OJ L 334, 17.12.2010
(2)OJ L 100, 9.4.2013
(3)Regulation (EC) No 1013/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 June 2006 on shipments of waste, OJ L 190 12.7.2006, p. 1
(4)Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures, OJ L 353, 31.12.2008, p. 1).

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