France reclassifies wood packaging waste as a biofuel

08 August 2014

The French Minister of Ecology, Durable Development and Energy, Segolene Royal, has approved a decree that states shredded wood packaging waste shall no longer to be considered waste when it is used as fuel for boilers. It is the first instance of France designating when waste is no longer waste. In March 2014 the decree was sent to the European Commission. The standstill period ended on 27 June 2014.
According to a Ministry announcement, the reclassification is expected to help France ensure that 30% of its energy comes from renewable sources. About half of future French renewable energy is expected to come from biomass (Recycling Laws International, 8 August 2014).
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