145 results found

Waste Incineration: A Dying Technology

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.

Document Type: 
Year of publication : 
2003

Biomass Electricity: Clean Energy Subsidies for a Dirty Industry

American taxpayers and ratepayers are subsidizing a form of “renewable” energy—biomass electricity- that causes short and long-term harm to the public health and the environment. There are 234 of these so-called “clean and green” biomass electricity projects proposed for the U.S. The scale of these plants ranges from 25 to more than 100 megawatts (MW), often dwarfing the 255 existing biomass power facilities, which generally range from 2 to 5 MW capacity.

Region: 
Document Type: 
Year of publication : 
2011

Cancer mortality in towns in the vicinity of incinerators and installations for the recovery or disposal of hazardous waste

Background: Waste treatment plants release toxic emissions into the environment which affect neighboring towns.
Objectives: To investigate whether there might be excess cancer mortality in towns situated in the vicinity of Spanish-based incinerators and installations for the recovery or disposal of hazardous waste, according to the different categories of industrial activity.

Environment International Volume 51, January 2013, Pages 31–44
Region: 
Document Type: 
Year of publication : 
2013

Tips and advice on how to create an efficient waste prevention programme

The first section explains the legal obligations for waste prevention and the opportunities for waste prevention. The second section talks about the methodology, the different levels of action, the instruments of waste prevention, monitoring of a waste prevention programme, prevention indicators, who and how to monitor the indicators, and example of actions by waste streams.

Region: 
Document Type: 
Year of publication : 
2012

Resource Efficiency Roadmap

The European Parliament is currently discussing its report on the Commission’s “Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe”. In Friends of the Earth’s and the EEB’s view, the Parliament needs to provide leadership on the following issues:  Indicators: Europe must measure its consumption of key natural resources, using effective and workable indicators: land footprint, water footprint, carbon footprint and material use footprint.

Region: 
Document Type: 
Year of publication : 
2012

La puerta de atrás de la incineración de residuos: Análisis económico ambiental de la utilización de combustibles derivados de los residuos (CDR) en España

La utilización de residuos como combustible en los países occidentales se remonta a los años 30. Por entonces, los residuos se promovían como combustible alternativo, aunque el mercado no los aceptó por completo a causa de la existencia de combustibles fósiles que eran más baratos.

Region: 
Document Type: 
Year of publication : 
2012

Climate Change Impacts of Residual Waste Treatment

A report for UKWIN in respect of an incinerator proposed for the Battlefield site at Shrewsbury in Shropshire. It considers the climate change impacts of landfilling or incinerating residual waste in the Shropshire region. Comparisons are made between 90,000 tonnes of waste sent to incinerator and landfill over a 20 year period. Since landfill emissions continue to occur for some time after this period, total impacts are also considered over a 150 year period.

Region: 
Document Type: 
Year of publication : 
2011

Pages