Renewable Energy Systems

2013 Edition
| Editors: Martin Kaltschmitt, Nickolas J. Themelis, Lucien Y. Bronicki, Lennart Söder, Luis A. Vega

Waste Management for Sustainable Society

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5820-3_404

Definition of the Subject

The goal of this entry is to establish how an integrated waste management system can be part of the solution to the emerging crises of climate change and inadequate supply of renewable energy for future generations.

Developed and emerging countries societies are consuming natural resources at an increasing rate due to consumer habits and growing population. There is international agreement that a long-term solution to the energy and climate change issues must be a low, or neutral, carbon energy supply. There is no agreement on a solution; however, most discussion focuses on solar or wind energy and even these options are opposed sometimes at a local level. Waste is a resource that, when managed correctly with commercially proven technologies, can also be a sustainable source of renewable energy and contribute to greenhouse gas mitigation.

The waste hierarchy adopted by the European Union [1] and the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) [2] provides a...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Covanta Energy CorporationMorristownUSA