We are excited about the enormous potential for mitigation of GHG emissions in shutting down of Landfills!
„With regard to the status quo, the net results for the OECD countries, the USA, India and Egypt show that methane emissions from landfilling are the main contributor to the GHG burdens.*)
Werner P. Bauer, Managing Director, WtERT Germany GmbH
*) The Climate Change Mitigation Potential of the Waste Sector, Federal Environemnt Agency (Germany) 2011
UTV AG Composting of MSW in Salaj, Romania
The plant in Salaj, Romania uses the GORE® Cover Process Technology in order to compost the organic fraction from MSW whilst reducing odors and emissions. 6 GORE® Cover system units have been installed in 2015.
Journal of Cleaner Production 229, 1183-1188. The renewable battery concept via conversion of agricultural waste into biocoal using frictional pyrolysisVakalis, S., Moustakas, K., Heimann, R., Loizidou, M.
The rapid growth of wind and solar power production installations worldwide has not been coupled with similar rates of integration in the electrical grid. This study proposes the conversion of agricultural residues into biocoal by means of frictional pyrolysis, which is a novel power-to-fuel technology that converts directly electricity into mechanical work and uses no additional heat. The excess renewable energy, that otherwise would be lost, will be utilized for converting agricultural residues into biocoal. This novel concept is defined as the concept of the renewable battery. A case study is presented for the State of California and three characteristic biomass types have been analyzed and converted into biocoal. The analysis showed that, between the years 2007–2016, the wind power installations have increased by 242.37% and the majority of solar PV were installed which account for 17,238 GWh. From the initial energy input of the biomass, the energy that was converted and stored in the form of biocoal ranged from 78.6% to 86.8%. The concept of renewable battery promotes carbon sequestration in agricultural practices and serves as a cleaner and renewable fuel that can be co-combusted with coal.
WtERT Germany Meeting of Global WtERT Council in Heraklion, June 27th, 2019
During the 7th International Conference on Sustainable Solid Waste Management in Heraklion Global WtERT Council members from Greece, France, Italy, Germany, Colombia, Chile and USA met with guests from Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Singapore and Greece as well as Antonis Mavropoulos from ISWA to discuss, how to start the WtERT Crowd Sourcing Campaign "Waste Management´s Response to Climate Change”.
Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews 108, 323 – 329. Energy Efficiency of Waste-to-Energy Plants with a Focus on the Comparison and the Constraints of the 3T Method and the R1 FormulaStergios Vakalis, Konstantinos Moustakas, Maria Loizidou
Managing the municipal solid waste (MSW) is a task that requires the combination of multiple strategies in order to follow the concept of circular economy. Waste-to-Energy (WtE) plants are producing electricity and heat but also have other byproducts that need to be disposed or can be reused. The standard method for assessing the WtE plants is the utilization of the R1 formula. The R1 formula has several limitations and is not able to integrate more parameters like the recovery of metals. The integration of the climate correction factor can improve the R1 up to 1.25 times but this factor is related to the Heating Degree Days, which is a rapidly declining value due to climate change. Contrary to the R1 Formula, the 3T Method is a novel method that can take into consideration all the range of products like syngas and biooil in a thermodynamically consistent way. These two methods were used to analyze three characteristic incineration plants and two gasification plants and this is the first time that this comparison is being presented. The results showed that the two methods have different ranges of returned values, with the R1 returning values (usually) between 0.5 and 1.1 and the 3T method returning values between 0.2 and 0.3. The 3T method on the one hand promotes high electrical efficiencies, i.e. 3T values approach the 0.3 mark for 30% electrical efficiency, and on the other hand promotes polygeneration where the recovery of char and metals can elevate the 3T value well above the 0.3 level for only 15% electrical efficiency and 70% metal recovery.
German waste and bio-waste Management associations Position Statement on the disposal of biodegradable plastics through bio-waste treatment (composting and anaerobic digestion)
The EU Commission is currently working on implementing legislation on labels and markings for biodegradable and compostable plastic carrier bags. The new measure stipulates that plastic shopping bags and carrier bags would have to be labelled throughout the EU according to their suitability for both industrial and home composting. This joint statement sets out the position of the German waste and bio-waste management associations, who are using this process as an opportunity to express their fundamental disagreement with the practice of composting biodegradable plastics. The position taken in this joint statement covers all products made of biodegradable plastics such as, amongst others, packaging, disposable tableware and coffee capsules. It also takes issue with the assignment of these products to certain types of waste treatment.
Bio-based and certified biodegradable plastic bags, some of which are used as caddy liners in the separate collection of household organic kitchen waste, are not part of the scope of this position. With respect to bio-based and biodegradable bags, the co-signatories of this position paper are in line with the position of the German Federal Environmental Agency (UBA). UBA states that certified biodegradable bags can only be used if they are listed in Annex 1 of Germany’s regulation on bio-waste. They also need to be approved by the relevant local public authorities for waste management and in close co-operation with bio-waste treatment companies.
European Commission EU steers global debate on environment and climate action at G20 meeting in Japan, focus on marine litter
On 15 and 16 June, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete and Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella will attend the G20 Energy and Environment Ministerial meeting, which takes place in Karuizawa, Japan. The first ever G20 ministerial meeting on environment-related topics will focus on how to respond together to global challenges of marine plastic litter, climate change, energy efficiency improvements, further deployment of renewables and the role of finance in fostering the transition to clean energy technologies.
Federal Ministry for the Environment,
Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safty
Franco-German Climate Working Group discusses pathways to climate neutrality
Today, the Meseberg Climate Working Group met in Berlin. It is the second meeting of the Franco-German group, bringing together all ministries dealing with climate change measures under the lead of Climate State Secretaries Brune Poirson (FRA) and Jochen Flasbarth (DEU). The close collaboration across sectors responds to the mandate given by President Macron and Chancellor Merkel in June 2018 at Meseberg.
CLIMACT & ecologic Planning for Net-zero: Assessing the Draft National Energy and Climate PlansMatthias Duwe
Eike Karola Velten
Julien Pestiaux (Climact)
Benoît Martin (Climact)
Pascal Vermeulen (Climact)
A report by Ecologic Institute and Climact shows that the draft National Energy and Climate Plans presented by governments at the start of 2019 are in acute need of improvement. They suffer from inadequate targets and insufficient details on the policies and financing needed to move towards net-zero emission economies in Europe. Member States also need to do better in involving their national stakeholders in providing input to the plans, to benefit from their expertise and to get them on board for future policies. Good practice examples exist around the EU to serve as inspiration for the final plans due by the end of the year.
bvse bvse-Network supports Waste Management Project in Africa
In West African Togo, people and the environment suffer from a major waste problem. Since there are no disposal structures, waste simply ends up on the streets. Sanvi Sodji, who studies in Germany, wants to change this situation in his home country.