15 Dec 2023

A Survey on European Refineries Waste with Focus on Waste Sludges 2019-2021

Report no. 12/23: This report provides a statistical analysis of waste production by Concawe member company refineries in the years 2019, 2020 and 2021, based on survey data returned from 68 member company refineries (70.1% response rate) situated in the EU-27 countries + UK, Norway and Switzerland. It includes a breakdown of waste tonnage according to the origin of the waste, how it was managed and how it was classified under the 2008 Waste Framework Directive (2008/98/EC). Given the identification of tank bottom sludges and waste water effluent sludges in the previous survey of 2013 waste data (Concawe; 12/17), this report also provides a focus on the sources and management options for refinery oily sludges. The findings from this survey, together with those of previous Concawe waste surveys for 1986 (Concawe; 5-89), 1993 (Concawe; 1-95), and 2013 (Concawe; 12/17), show how the sector has responded to developments in EU waste legislation over the past 30 years. In addition, the data constitute a modern baseline for the future assessment of performance.

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