This Task is aimed at exchange of information on the integration of energy into solid waste management, with emphasis on dissemination of information aimed at policy and decision makers.
Its program of activities builds upon the work done in the Task over the past decade and addresses key challenges in the integration of energy into solid waste management solutions and decisions. This includes issues that influence the economics (such as scale), environmental performance and efficiency of combustion.
The Task also examines the changes presented by shifts towards increased recycling, resource recovery and zero waste initiatives.
The Task works closely with both operating industry and with research organisations. Each meeting will include a workshop on a relevant issue and a site tour. With increasing demand for data on sustainability and integration with treatment of biodegradable waste, the Task will work in close collaboration with Task 37 (on anaerobic digestion) and 32 (on biomass combustion and co-firing) on issues relevant to these Tasks, such as end of waste protocols and life cycle assessment.