Swedish power plant opts to burn H&M clothes instead of coal

By Diarmaid Williams
Decentralized Energy
November 24, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A combined heat and power plant in Sweden is using clothing discarded by well-known retail chain Hennes & Mauritz AB (H&M) instead of the conventional coal and oil fuel previously used. The Vasteras plant, outside Stockholm, has decided to go with (unsellable) clothing and wood-based power as part of its strategy to go fossil-fuel free by 2020. “For us it’s a burnable material,” said Jens Neren, head of fuel supplies at Malarenergi AB, a utility which owns and operates the 54-year-old plant. “Our goal is to use only renewable and recycled fuels.” …“H&M does not burn any clothes that are safe to use,” Johanna Dahl, head of communications for H&M in Sweden, told Bloomberg. “However it is our legal obligation to make sure that clothes that contain mold or do not comply with our strict restriction on chemicals are destroyed.”

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