European court clarifies waste incineration law

Judges confirm Finnish power plant using gas produced from waste by pyrolysis is not a co-incineration installation

Power plants that produce their electricity by burning purified gas produced from waste through pyrolysis should not be classed as co-incineration installations, the European court of justice has said.

The court was asked to interpret the 2000 waste incineration directive in a case brought in Finland by energy company Lahti Energia.  The firm had challenged a decision by a regional environmental authority that the law applies to its power plant, and a gas purification facility connected to it, in the southern town of Lahti.

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