EU calls for incineration to be minimised

The EU has reached a deal on its Sustainable Finance Taxonomy, categorising activities contributing to the increase in incineration as harmful to the environment.

Under development by the EU Commission’s Technical Expert Group (TEG), the EU taxonomy seeks to regulate investment and inform future policy-making by identifying activities that can significantly contribute to climate change mitigation.

The EU Commission has agreed that the taxonomy should exclude incineration from its list of activities that advance climate change mitigation, stating that anything that leads to an increase in the generation, incineration or disposal of waste may cause significant and long-term harm to the environment.