Brexit and RDF Exports : The CIWM has commissioned a report that warns of the possible implications of Brexit for the refuse derived fuel (RDF) sector and examines uncertainties around the future of the industry.

Brexit and RDF Exports : Published on November 14th, ‘RDF trading in a modern world’ marked the inauguration of CIWM’s 2018/19 President, Enda Kiernan. It was prepared by environmental consultancy, SLR Consulting Ltd. As well as the potential Brexit ramifications on market conditions and controls, the report considers a range of factors that are influencing the future of RDF exports and models. These include possible rises in recycling rates, as a result of the EU Circular Economy Package (EU CEP) targets, and the development of more domestic EfW capacity in some countries.

SLR director Alban Forster said:

“In all countries, RDF exports continue to play a valuable interim role diverting material from landfill. For the UK, however, the Brexit process nevertheless raises the possibility that the practice of exporting RDF will become less economic. While it looks likely that tariffs will not apply to RDF, an onerous customs regime would add to transport times and administrative burdens.”

CIWM Executive Director Chris Murphy said:

“The UK Government can help to limit these impacts by pressing for continuing free movement of RDF, regardless of the ultimate outcome of Brexit negotiations. CIWM has been keeping a close eye on developments, and liaising with Defra as they work to ensure that regulatory alignment is maintained post-Brexit, even in the event of a no-deal scenario.

However, other factors such as border controls and delays, and haulage costs, could also adversely affect the economics of RDF export. Regulators across the UK will need to be alert to a number of risks in the event of significant disruption, including stockpiling and a greater risk of waste crime.”

CIWM’s 2018/19 newly inaugurated President, Enda Kiernan said:

 “The report recognises that RDF exports now play a significant role in the management of residual waste in the Republic of Ireland and the UK.”

“However, uncertainties exist around the future of the industry. Pressures include the possible impact of rising recycling rates coupled with growing domestic energy from waste capacity, as well as ramifications of Brexit on the economics of export from the UK. In this context, CIWM commissioned the 2018 Presidential Report to assess the current state of the RDF exports and consider how the sector may evolve out to 2030.”






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