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A life cycle assessment of recovering energy from the organic fractions of municipal waste

Burnley, S. J.; Phillips, R. and Coleman, T. (2011). A life cycle assessment of recovering energy from the organic fractions of municipal waste. In: Thirteenth International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium, 3-7 October 2011, S. Margherita di Pula (Cagliari), Sardinia.

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Abstract

A life cycle assessment was carried out to determine the environmental impacts of managing a range of biodegradable wastes. For all the waste types considered the maximum benefits in terms of climate change and non-renewable resource depletion would be achieved by using the waste in a cement kiln as a substitute fuel for coal. When considering the impacts in terms of human toxicity, aquatic ecotoxicity, acidification and eutrophication, direct combustion with energy recovery was the best option. The results were found to be highly sensitive to the efficiency of the energy recovery process and the conventional fuel displaced by the recovered energy.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: The Authors
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetThe Environment Agency for England and Wales
Not SetNot SetDepartment for Environment Food and Rural Affairs
Keywords: life cycle assessment; waste management; municipal; organic
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Item ID: 29483
Depositing User: Stephen Burnley
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2011 13:19
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 11:05
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/29483
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