Study strengthens case for EU oil regeneration

Recycling preferable to incineration with energy recovery, consultant report for Commission finds

A study on EU waste oil collection and recovery conducted for the European Commission has concluded that regeneration into new oils is environmentally preferable to other recovery methods such as co-incineration. The finding could lead to a revision of the 1975 waste oils directive to strengthen economic incentives for oil recycling.

Conducted by consultant Taylor Nelson Sofres, the report says processing oils in modern regeneration plants has advantages over burning them in asphalt kilns and, to a lesser extent, in cement kilns. These latter two disposal routes are currently the most common in the EU. The environmental benefit of regeneration is even clearer if the resultant oil is used to replace non-fossil fuels. In this case it is better for "all environmental impacts in all scenarios".

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