The cement industry is a major contributor to climate change. The production of cement, the second most consumed product in the world after water, is one of the most energyintensive industrial processes. Although the cement companies are committed to reducing their emissions under the Kyoto Protocol, its strategies to achieve this are causing serious environmental, social and economic problems.
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Waste management practices are an important, although oft-neglected, contributor to climate change. Waste disposal drives climate change directly through the release of greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitrous oxide (N2O) from incinerators and methane (CH4) from landfills.
Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) funding for incineration and landfills currently represents a lost opportunity to reduce pollution and help improve the welfare and standards of living of some of the poorest people in the world. Additionally, this funding incentivizes the destruction of valuable resources that would otherwise have been recovered with significant climate benefits.
The European Commission’s Green Paper on Plastic Waste and GAIA’s response to the public consultation. The Green Paper describes the growing problem of plastic waste in Europe, regulation addressing the issue, policy options for improving management, application of the waste hierarchy to plastic waste management, etc.
En un contexto mundial de reconversión económica, de cambio climático, de escasez de recursos, de creciente debilidad epidemiológica, de búsqueda de nuevas fuentes de energía y de racionalización de métodos de producción en un marco de sostenibilidad…, ¿que papel se reserva a la incineración? ¿Se encuentra España en la senda adecuada en cuanto a su estrategia de tratamiento de residuos?
Action plan to send a delegation of informal sector recyclers to relevant meetings of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Extracts from “Resources up in Flames: The Economic Pitfalls of Incineration versus a Zero Waste Approach in the Global South” by Brenda A. Platt, Institute for Local Self-Reliance.
1. Incineration is the most costly solid waste management option
2. Incineration increases the indebtedness of host countries
3. Incineration is capital-intensive v. labor-intensive
4. Waste composition affects incinerator operation and finances
1. A zero waste approach is one of the fastest, cheapest, and most effective strategies we can use to protect the climate and the environment. Significantly decreasing waste disposed in landfills and incinerators will reduce greenhouse gases the equivalent to closing one-fifth of U.S. coal-fired power plants. This is comparable to leading climate protection proposals such as improving vehicle fuel efficiency.
What are waste gasification, pyrolysis, and plasma treatment/disposal technologies? Releasing toxics, technical and financial problems, and California scheming etc.
Extracts from “Resources up in Flames: The Economic Pitfalls of Incineration versus a Zero Waste Approach in the Global South".
Incinerator proponents buy into a number of myths when trying to sell projects. Here are some common myths surrounding municipal solid waste incineration:
Myth: Incinerators provide a solution to the problem of rapidly increasing waste.
Myth: Incinerators maximize the use of scarce landfill space.