Dutch Pass New RDF Import Tax

Posted on: 25 Nov 2019

Wharf waste facilities in London delivering waste for processing into RDFThe Netherlands have passed legislation (on the 14 November 2019) to introduce an incineration tax on refuse-derived fuel (RDF) imports.

The country which currently accounts for almost half of the UK export RDF market, incinerated approximately 7.6 million tonnes of waste in 2017, of which 1.9 million tonnes was from overseas and mainly from the UK.

The Dutch Government voted this tax through as part of their Climate Measures Act and argue that it will give incentive to “better sort waste materials or to process them more efficiently”. In contrast the RDF Industry Group’s most recent briefing argues that the tax would create a disincentive for RDF exporters to send material to energy from waste plants in the Netherlands and will lead to an increase in the landfill of waste elsewhere in the continent. “The tax will also result in waste being diverted down the waste hierarchy – from recovery to disposal,” the group suggests, adding that Dutch energy recovery facilities may struggle to reach full capacity as a result of the tax.

At the McGrath Group we have been producing refuse derived fuel since 2010, as early adopters of the Waste to Energy (WtE) process in London, turning waste into a useable form of energy such as electricity, steam and heat through incineration and diverting it from landfill. McGrath have established channels to a number of waste to energy facilities in Europe where our regulatory compliance (EA, TFS, Financial Bonds and Insurance) is part of the necessary and stringent requirements.

A further vote on the legislation will be taken by the senate on the 17th December 2019.