Material and Energy valorisation of waste in a Circular Economy

Aims & Objectives for Task 36

sysav_courtesy_of_wilfrid_hesseling_tno_originalOngoing Initiatives

The aims of this Task are consistent with the overall IEA Bioenergy Strategic Plan and include ongoing initiatives to:

  • Promote market deployment of technologies and systems for sustainable energy generation from biomass.
  • Share information between participating members.
  • Stimulate interaction between RD&D programmes, industry and decision makers.
  • Assist non-participants in adopting appropriate waste management practices to improve environmental standards.
    Identify opportunities to work together with other Tasks and to identify joint events and projects to improve synergy and avoid duplication.
  • Identify and interact with appropriate international organisations.

Work programme will include

Within the three-year timescale of the Task, the Work Programme will include:

  • Task meetings to exchange results from relevant national R&D programmes;
  • Field trips associated with the Task meetings, including visits to state of the art facilities to view improvements in efficiency in waste combustion systems.
  • International workshops associated with the Task meeting, to cover waste derived fuels, factors influencing the development of waste to energy plants and the impacts of changes in the management of waste plants on performance.
  • Specific actions resulting in discussions of
    • Recent and future trends to convert solid waste into liquid fuels and other commodities, including examination of waste feedstocks, technologies, applications and drivers. This work will be done in collaboration with Task 33.
    • Examination of the role that EfW has to play in a circular economy, including the recovery of materials and by-products from waste.
    • This will examine how energy recovery can be included in a fully integrated waste management system to close the resources circle and how waste refineries might be developed.
    • Transboundary shipments of waste to be used in energy recovery. This work will be done with Task 40.
    • Latest developments in waste derived fuels, including solid recovered fuel (SRF), with the intention of providing information for decision makers; this topic will also cover current trends in the use of commercial and industrial waste as alternative feedstock to MSW.
  • Information exchange with IEA Bioenergy Task 33 as indicated above. This would facilitate discussion on a range of aspects impacting on conversion of solid waste to liquid fuels, including technologies, markets, feedstocks, policy etc. The Task is in discussion with Task 33 on the potential to do a joint project in this area.
  • A joint seminar with Task 32 on the topic of challenging biomass fuels is under discussion.  Task 36 will contribute to presentations on waste derived fuels and solid recovered fuels for this seminar.
  • A joint project and workshop with Task 40 on the trade of EfW fuels.
  • Strategic project – see outline below
  • Information exchange with other IEA Bioenergy Tasks and other international networks on relevant energy from waste technologies worldwide;
  • Closer links to the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA).  ISWA are working in related areas and have asked Task 36 to participate in their Task Force on Resource Management.
  • Closer links to European Recovered Fuels Organisation (ERFO) (we are currently discussing this with them).
  • ExCo interaction and support


The following deliverables will be primarily aimed at decision makers who impact the development of energy from waste

  • A summary report on conversion of solid waste to liquid fuels;
  • A workshop and summary report on transboundary shipments of waste (in particular refuse derived fuels) for energy recovery (with Task 40);
  • A workshop on the integration of energy into the circular economy
  • An update report on the situation regarding solid recovered fuels; and
  • A review of the web site and the way it is used (budget permitting).