Harnessing energy from waste (EfW) can bring many benefits to the environment and the economy. It contributes towards reducing carbon emissions and meeting renewable energy targets while also reducing dependency on energy imports. When used for electricity generation, EfW technologies have a steady and controllable output, sometimes referred to as providing “baseload” power. EfW has very good sustainability and greenhouse gas saving characteristics, as it makes further use of materials that have already been discarded.
To truly transform our economy, protect our security, and save our planet from climate change, we need to ultimately make clean, renewable energy the profitable kind of energy.
BARACK OBAMA, Address to Joint Session of Congress, Feb. 24, 2009