Welcome to the RDF Industry Group website. Here you can find out more about waste-derived fuels (WDF) and the industry, including what happens across the supply chain, about those involved in the Group, and about what the Group has been doing to represent the industry to key stakeholders.

The RDF Industry Group is a pan-European trade association with member companies across the WDF supply chain. The Group works collectively to provide a platform to address issues faced by the sector and to explore new opportunities. The Group also provides a networking platform for members to make new connections, develop existing relationships and share knowledge and experience.

For more information about the RDF Industry Group, our members and our work, or how to become a member, please browse through this website.

What is RDF?

Shipments of WDF between EU Member States 6.3 million tonnes (2021)

UK’s residual waste exported for treatment 8% (2022)

What is the RDF Industry Group?

The RDF Industry Group is comprised of 37 members from across the European waste-derived fuel (WDF) supply chain.

Our Group operates across the European waste derived fuel (refuse derived fuel (RDF) and solid recovered fuel (SRF)) supply chain: from WDF production companies who produce fuel from residual waste; to those who ship, transport and test WDF; to energy-from-waste (EfW) facility operators. Together, the Group collectively:

  1. Explores and address issues surrounding the movement of waste-derived fuels across national borders within Europe and related topics;
  2. Develops evidence-based information on the legal, environmental and economic issues related to the export of waste derived fuels; and
  3. Communicates its work to third parties including governments, the European Commission and other key stakeholders in the form of reports, presentations or other communications material.

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POPs Consultation Response

In response to DEFRA’s consultation proposing amendments the UK’s Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Regulations, the RDF Industry Group wrote to DEFRA, highlighting our concerns about the commercial and/or technical feasibility of testing for the proposed POPs concentration limits, the infrastructure and sorting capacity required, and potential supply chain disruption. The POPs consultation, in line with […]

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Code of Practice Report 2022

To ensure the high standards of the Code of Practice (CoP) are upheld, all Group members and signatories are required to report their compliance against relevant CoP stages to the secretariat on an annual basis. The secretariat has summarised this information into the below 2022 CoP Dashboard Report. The report sets out anonymised CoP breaches […]

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The Future of RDF Export Market in Europe

In autumn 2022 the secretariat published a report exploring the future of the RDF export market in Europe. The report was undertaken as the second phase in a research series – the first phase (released in November 2021) analysed new and emerging waste-derived fuel (WDF) markets in Europe in response to a UN report which highlighted […]

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Pause on EfW permits

Earlier this month, Defra issued a seven-week ban on all new EfW permits. A scoping period up to 24th May will be used to determine if a full review is required, which has been suggested to last up to 12 months. The RDF Industry Group welcomes this decision, which reflects an appropriate response to potential […]

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Government off track to meet waste reduction targets

Jacob Hayler, Executive Director at ESA has remarked that the Government is off track to meet its waste reduction target of near halving the amount of general waste produced per person by 2042. This follows a recently published report by Defra on residual waste in England. Furthermore, there is little evidence that the interim goal […]

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Group Welcomes New Member

The RDF Industry Group is pleased to welcome Glanway as our newest member. Glanway diverts household residual waste mainly in the Southern Region of Ireland away from landfill & direct mass burn incineration to our Pre-Processing Facility in Belview Port, Waterford, Ireland. Where the waste is processed extracting valuable raw materials for recycling, biomass for composting […]

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