November 2015

The Potential Contribution of Waste Management to a Low Carbon Economy

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Posted in | | | | | | by Dr Dominic Hogg, Ann Ballinger

This report explores the potential contribution of waste management to the transition to a low carbon economy.

The report was commissioned by Zero Waste Europe, in partnership with Zero Waste France and ACR+. It highlights key problems with the current United Nations FCCC waste inventories, and provides recommendations as to how they can be improved.

In particular, it raises concerns regarding the fact that the emissions reported under the ‘Waste’ section of the inventory can be highly misleading. This could hinder understanding of the extent to which better waste management can contribute to reducing climate change emissions. As a result, there is a risk that governments and international bodies may overlook the contribution that improved waste management can make to reducing carbon emissions, when this should be one of the easier ways in which they can be cut.

This report is available free of charge. Press the orange button and supply a few details about yourself in order to access the download. The technical annex  to the ZWE report can also be downloaded.

 

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