Who is ERFO

Who is ERFO

ERFO is the European association for recovered fuel from solid non-hazardous waste. We believe that the concept of recovered is a key element of integrated waste management. Production of recovered is an integral part of sorting and recycling of waste, preventing landfilling and mass burn incineration. It is a flexible carrier of energy that can be applied where there is a demand for heat and power.

Members of ERFO are producers of recovered fuels and parties that support its concept. ERFO promotes the production and use of recovered fuels that meet the requirements of existing European standards. Recovered fuels that are produced in this way may be referred to as SRF: Solid Recovered Fuel.

It is the view of ERFO that only well characterised recovered fuels should be used for power and heat generation and that this should be done in a way that the environment is well protected.

ERFO (European Recovered Fuel Organisation) is a non profit association, founded in 2001 by European companies producing recovered fuels. ERFO was established to develop the concept of Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF). SRF are solid fuels prepared from non-hazardous waste to be utilised for energy recovery in incineration or co-incineration plants and meeting the classification and specification requirements laid down in the EN15359 European standard.

ERFO’s main aim is to promote the production and use of recovered fuels, and especially SRF, in Europe. To that aim, ERFO supports standardisation of SRF and participates in research projects. ERFO participates in European political debates concerning policy and legislation related to SRF.
ERFO believes that recovered fuels and SRF will be an important fuel for the future. It is a substitute for fossil fuels such as coal, pet-coke and natural gas. As part of recovered fuels is biogenic of nature, they also contributes to the European goals for renewable energy. Recovered fuels can also be used as resource for chemical recycling such as gasification and pyrolysis. Moreover, recovered fuels constitutes an essential tool in proper waste management. Many waste fractions which cannot be easily reused or recycled, particularly if they are composed of materials that are difficult to properly sort or separate, may have a high caloric value. Transforming such waste fractions into recovered fuel will guarantee that the remaining energy value will be used at the highest efficiency.