As an overall trend, waste-to-energy is more common in areas where space is at a premium. That’s why we see a higher concentration of waste-to-energy facilities in Europe and New England.
“Where waste-to-energy lands on the sustainability scale is often debated,” said Kristin Kinder, product manager at ENGIE Insight, a sustainability and energy management company. “As of 2015, only 21 states considered waste-to-energy a renewable energy source and had operating facilities within their borders.”
More waste-to-energy efforts can be seen in Europe than the U.S. According to the Confederation of European Waste to Energy Plants, currently waste-to-energy plants in Europe can supply 18 million inhabitants with electricity and 15.2 million inhabitants with heat. This is based on 90 million tons of remaining household and similar waste that was treated in 2015 in Europe. The total number of waste-to-energy plants in the 18 European countries is approximately 455. At the end of 2015, the U.S. had 71 waste-to-energy plants that generated electricity in 20 states.
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