Ecopreneur for landfill ban

Ecopreneur for landfill ban

23.11.2021

The European association for sustainable enterprises demands a general ban on landfilling from the EU Commission.

 

Seven national associations with around 3,000 small and medium-sized enterprises are currently represented in the European association Ecopreneur. In view of the goals agreed in Glasgow to reduce methane emissions and achieve climate neutrality by 2050, they are calling for a landfill ban on non-pretreated municipal waste, Euwid reports in its current issue. According to Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, reducing methane emissions is one of the most effective things that can be done now to reduce global warming. The association stresses that landfills are one of the main sources of methane emissions. In this respect, the association considers the new target in the Waste Framework Directive to landfill only ten percent of municipal waste by 2030 insufficient. It was possible to reduce landfilling in Europe to zero. The landfill ban in Germany in 2005 had reduced the industry's greenhouse gas emissions of the waste sector by more than 25 million tonnes of CO2 equivalents per year compared to 1990. In Europe, where half of the member states still landfill more than 40 per cent of waste, there was still a lot of potential in this respect.

Sources:

  • Euwid Recycling und Entsorgung 47/2021 (11/23/2021)
  • Photo: @ Fotolia / AirArt

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