Climate: a new report shows the key role of waste management

THE IMPACT UNDERVALUED WASTE CLIMATE

3% is the share that would represent waste management (landfills, incineration …), in the official accounting of greenhouse gas emissions. Yet this figure is far short. The total impact of waste far exceeds that estimate. Indeed, currently part of the greenhouse gas emissions from waste is recognized in the Agriculture section (food waste), in the section energy (incineration) in the section and in the transportation industry section (prevention and recycling). The role of waste prevention and optimized waste management in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the development of a low carbon economy has so far been completely underestimated.
INCINERATION: A BAD SOLUTION TO CLIMATE CHANGE

The report shows that in a context of “decarbonisation” of the economy needed to mitigate the worst impacts of climate change, technologies such as incineration will become increasingly less attractive and ultimately constitute an obstacle to the implementation implement a low carbon economy.

THE BENEFITS OF BETTER MANAGEMENT OF WASTE ON CLIMATE

The report confirms that the highest processing modes in the European hierarchy –prevention, reuse and recycling – have considerable potential to reduce emissions that cause climate change.
As he says “A favorable policy climate will a strategy in which the materials flow in a closed loop in the economy, and where leakages into residual waste will be minimized. “For example, the recycling of 1 ton of plastic packaging avoids CO2eq 500 kg, while the use of one ton of plastic saves least 6 times more emissions (3 tonnes of CO2eq).

11 RECOMMENDATIONS TO RE-DRAW THE WASTE POLICY

The report makes 11 recommendations, calling for re-draw the waste policy to give priority to the higher options in the European waste hierarchy (prevention, reuse, recycling) and immediately re-allocate grants to fight against the changes climate that currently support the production of energy from waste.

Source:  https://www.zerowastefrance.org/fr/articles/210-climat-un-nouveau-rapport-montre-le-roele-cle-de-la-gestion-des-dechets

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