9. Waste (NFR sector 6)

Last updated on 10 Dec 2013 11:53 (cf. Authors)

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Source category NFR 6 - Waste - is no key source, since only emissions from cremation are reported. Germany has a large number of waste incineration plants, whose emissions are reported in NFR 1, because German legislation requires energy recovery. Therefore waste is also part of the German Energy Statistic as well as the National Energy Balance. In addition to the "classical" municipal waste incineration there are also various types of combustion installations, like co-incineration of "replacement fuels" in conventional power plants or industrial plants. The increasing number of co-incineration plants is mainly due to the landfill ban of untreated waste in 2005 and the introduction of the emission trading scheme (ETS). Further information about the methodology of municipal waste incineration, co-incineration in public power plants and emissions from waste wood combustion is available in chapter: Public electricity and heat production. Municipal waste incineration does also include clinical waste, which is not incinerated separately.
Emissions from hazardous waste incineration plants are reported in source category 1.A.2.f.i Other Production as well as co-incineration in industrial plants, whereas emissions from sewage sludge incineration are reported in source category Manufacture of solid fuels and other energy industries, following the structure of the National Statistics.
In Germany small scale waste burning (6.C.e) is prohibited by law. Therefore "NO" is used as notation key.
Furthermore it should be mentioned, that all emissions originating from biogas recovery are reported in source category Public electricity and heat production, following the structure of the National Energy Balance. That covers emissions from sewage gas as well as landfill gas and biogas from biological waste treatment.

NFR 6 - Waste consists of the following main categories for reporting of emissions from both solid waste and waste-water:

NFR Code Name of Category Comment
6 Waste
6.A Solid waste disposal on land NA
6.B Waste-water handling NA
6.C Waste incineration Cremation
6.D Other waste NA/NE

Within category 6.C - Waste incineration, Germany only reports emissions from NFR 6.C.d - Cremation. For all other sub-categories of NFR 6.C, as all waste incineration in Germany is carried out with energy recovery and in order to avoid double counting, resulting emissions are reported as not occuring (NO) under NFR 6.C but are included in energy sector NFR 1.

NFR Code Name of Category Reported in:
6.C Waste incineration
6.C.a Clinical waste incineration 1.A.1.a
6.C.b Industrial waste incineration 1.A.1.a/ 1.A.2.f.i
6.C.c Municipal waste incineration 1.A.1.a
6.C.d Cremation 6.C.d
6.C.e Small scale waste burning NO

Visual overview

Chart showing emission trends for main pollutants in NFR 6 - Waste (Cremation):

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