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Posted on: 25th Mar 2024

Andusia predicts record year for RDF exports

Andusia is delighted to report that 2024 is already shaping up to be a record year as it forecasts that refuse-derived fuel (RDF) exports are set to double for the company over a 24-month period.

Latest projections show that Andusia is on track to export 450,000 tonnes of RDF in 2024 – this would represent an increase of over 100% compared to 2022 where it handled around 210,000 tonnes.

“We are currently exporting more than we were this time last year, and the first quarter of 2024 was our biggest ever quarter in terms of export volume,” says Mark Terrell, director of Andusia.

According to Terrell, a number of factors are driving this growth. Market consolidation in recent years mean there are less RDF exporters and as a result, Andusia has taken on more supply contracts. Today the company has 33 suppliers in its collection network and this number is growing.

“In 2015 there were 49 exporters and today there are only 20 exporters. We’ve seen our customer base increase, and many of these relationships are evolving into long-term contracts as businesses seek a stable and secure outlet for their waste,” Terrell says.

Demand for RDF also remains strong, with Andusia exporting on average 8,000 tonnes of waste each week to 25 energy-from-waste (EfW) facilities across six countries in Europe.

“The bulk of RDF demand is still very much being driven by European facilities and it’s a trend we don’t see changing anytime soon, due to the slowdown in UK treatment capacity and low investor confidence in the market when it comes to new EfW projects,” says Terrell.

Looking ahead, the prospect of a 20% rise in landfill tax in 2025 will likely also fuel further growth in waste exports as businesses and local authorities look for more cost-effective disposal routes such as energy recovery.

“Moving away from landfill is already a solid trend, but the tax increase will accelerate this shift. It will have a big impact on the industry and we see more waste producers investing in balers and wrappers to produce RDF, which we will have a ready outlet for. We urge companies to get in touch with us now as we can help them with this planning,” Terrell adds.