The Dutch Green Deal
Erwin Pieters, Managing Director HEROS Sluiskil B.V.
"The Green Deal for incinerator bottom ash is unique in Europe. In the Netherlands, it has induced significant changes - all involved are
committed to sustainability."
"The Green Deal is all about sustainability, about reducing carbon-dioxide and protecting the landscape and its biodiversity. The Green Deal was signed in 2012 between representatives of the waste-to-energy industry and the government, targeting the recycling and treatment of bottom ashes.
Every year, the waste-to-energy industry in Holland produces a combined volume of 1.5 million tonnes on bottom ashes. Up until 2017 these bottom ashes were used after being stripped from their metal content in road constructions and big infrastructural works but under so-called protective circumstances and measures, actually targeting or dealing with the possible leaching or emissions out of the material.
The Green Deal imposes an additional recycling step, making sure the material meets brand new quality standards which makes it not necessary any more to have these protective measures in place. By 2017, actually this year, 50% of our output on minerals has to meet these new quality requirements, and by 2020 the target is actually 100%."