Eunomia has been commissioned by the German International Cooperation (GIZ) to deliver a study which assesses the current, and likely future, scale of the use of alternative fuels, derived from waste, in Greece. The work includes an analysis of the current situation and the legal, institutional and technical aspects which are likely to affect alternative fuel production and valorisation methods in the future. The work will consider the development of the market and means to ensure that alternative fuels use does not hinder increase in recycling, and reuse, in future.

The study forms part of the project ‘Technical support for the implementation of the National Waste Management Plan (NWMP) of Greece,’  funded by the EU via the Structural Reform Support Programme (SRSP), and the German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). It is being jointly implemented by the Hellenic Ministry of Environment and Energy (YPEN) and GIZ, in collaboration with the European Commission.

Focused predominantly on municipal waste, our findings will be used to inform Greek environmental policy as it seeks to promote the reduction of waste disposed to landfill. The use of alternative fuels may have a role to play in this regard.

Using a combination of existing environmental and local knowledge, desk-based research and stakeholder engagement, the study will outline:

  • Current status of alternative fuel production in existing and planned waste treatment plants
  • Existing market for co-incineration and alternative sectors for alternative utilisation
  • Identification of barriers and opportunities related to existing infrastructure, legislation, specifications and market uptake

The resulting report will include:

  • Proposals to shape the future of alternative fuel production, and use, in the country focusing on potential necessary upgrades/adaptations of existing and planned facilities
  • Proposals for the improvement of the legislative framework for energy recovery in Greece
  • A roadmap for the future.

The work builds on our existing experience of reviewing legislative frameworks, and key country reviews, for alternative fuels in EU member states.