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).
Very brief introduction of the cement kiln technology. Excerpt from an academic journal: Journal of Industrial Ecology (article title: "The Cement Industry as a Scavenger in Industrial Ecology and the Management of Hazardous Substances").
1. Establish and implement national, statewide, and municipal zero waste targets and plans. 2. Retire existing incinerators and halt construction of new incinerators and landfills. 3. Levy a per-ton surcharge on landfilled and incinerated materials. 4. Stop organic materials from being sent to landfills and incinerators. 5. End state and federal “renewable energy” subsidies to landfills and incinerators. 6.
This report by GAIA and Essential Action details the problems of waste incineration: pollutant releases both to air and other media, economic costs and employment costs, energy loss, unsustainability, and incompatibility with other waste management systems, and the health and environmental effects of pollutants emitted by incinerators.