Municipal waste combustion

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The category /business/waste/combustion/municipal contains data and methodologies sourced from the IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories for calculating greenhouse gas emissions associated with the burning of municipal waste. Users can choose between many kinds of waste, including paper, textiles, food, wood, nappies and plastics. CarbonKit calculates CO2 emissions based on the typical carbon content of each waste type (sourced from Chapter 2 of the same volume), as well as typical CH4 and N2O emissions associated with the specific combustion methods used.

CO2 which derives from recently sequestered carbon sources and fossil sources are differentiated, since their net impact on atmospheric CO2 concentrations in distinct.


How to use this category

Selecting an emissions scenario

To use this category, select the waste type using the type drill choice.

Next, specify the burning method (continuous incineration, open burning, etc.) and technology (stoker, fluidised bed) using the method and technology drill choices. No technology choice is required for the 'open burning' combustion method.

Specifying activity data

Finally, set the quantity of waste burned using the mass profile item value. CarbonKit assumes that the weight specified is the dry weight of the waste burned. Users can alternatively use the wet weight by setting the isWetWeight profile item value to 'true', in which case CarbonKit will convert wet weight into dry weight using typical dry weight fraction data for each waste type.

Results and calculation

The values returned represent CO2 emissions associated with the waste quantity specified. The following discrete values are returned:

  • fossilCO2: CO2 emissions which derived from fossil carbon
  • biogenicCO2: CO2 emissions which derived from recently sequestered, biogenic carbon
  • totalCO2: fossil and biogenic carbon
  • CH4: CH4 emissions associated with the waste quantity specified
  • N2O: N2O emissions associated with the waste quantity specified
  • CO2e: fossil CO2, CH4 and N2O combined and expressed in terms of CO2e

Note: This category does not cover emissions associated with the burning of glass or metal wastes which are considered by the IPCC to be only rarely burned.

 UIDLabel
BYNV3FRMI647 food waste, batch type incineration, fluidised bed
X7OPFVKCN9NQ food waste, batch type incineration, stoker
O19QL293EUTY food waste, continuous incineration, fluidised bed
Y1H3E1AVPSK3 food waste, continuous incineration, stoker
TU8EOTY1VTL2 food waste, open burning, none
0GO6P8KRZC28 food waste, semi continuous incineration, fluidised bed
ELV7SJB5XPUB food waste, semi continuous incineration, stoker
BXWQPYEYHR85 garden and park waste, batch type incineration, fluidised bed
3N3AYZXVTGNL garden and park waste, batch type incineration, stoker
EEZQIY8PG32M garden and park waste, continuous incineration, fluidised bed
I8CZPDBHOIB8 garden and park waste, continuous incineration, stoker
CFLHQ16ASK7N garden and park waste, open burning, none
PMXBMPRJDT1H garden and park waste, semi continuous incineration, fluidised bed
4R08F9N6R0BE garden and park waste, semi continuous incineration, stoker
V79S8WK6NEEG leather, batch type incineration, fluidised bed
C4UI0011JGZQ leather, batch type incineration, stoker
R0NH5W8ACCV3 leather, continuous incineration, fluidised bed
53OJ2H74TVHU leather, continuous incineration, stoker
ZT633FERTSHZ leather, open burning, none
832Y3KV0T8K5 leather, semi continuous incineration, fluidised bed
This item is deprecated
Set to 'true' to indicate quantity is specified on a wet-weight basis
Quantity of waste burned
Name: Municipal_waste_combustion
Full path: /business/waste/combustion/municipal
Parent Category: Combustive waste treatment
Provenance: IPCC