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Environmental Evaluation of MSW Treatment in the Czech Republic (LCA Methodology)

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  1. Environmental Evaluation of MSW Treatment in the Czech Republic(LCA Methodology) Authors: Bohumil Černík - Free Lance Consultant cernik.bohumil@centrum.cz Marie Tichá - Free Lance Consultant ticha.marie@newspace.cz

  2. Intensification of collection, transport, and separation of municipal waste Developed by: The Natural Sciences Faculty at Charles Universitywww.natur.cuni.cz The Research and Development Program MoE CRVaV-720-2-02www.env.cz

  3. Implementation of Council Directive 1999/31/EC of 26 April 1999 on the landfill of waste • Gradual reduction of MSW landfilling • Investment of 350 million Euros to construct municipal waste incinerators • Increase of resident fees for municipal waste disposal up to 20%

  4. Basic conditions 10,2 million inhabitants 6250 municipalities 2,5 million tons -annual production of MSW

  5. MSW treatment - current situation

  6. Objectives of the study • Evaluate the overall environmental impact of each municipal waste treatment method by LCA methodology • Define possible development scenarios for municipal waste treatment in the Czech Republic by 2010/2013 • Calculate the impact of each scenario

  7. Separate LCA studies • Landfilling • Incinerating • Recycling of glass, paper and plastics

  8. Containers Transport Landfilling Containers Transport Incineration Containers Transport Recycling System boundaries

  9. Data where collected for: • 190 000 containers • 5 landfills • 140 waste transport vehicles • 1 paper mill (100% G3) • 13 sorting lines • 2 mixed plastics processors (50% in Czech Rep.) • 3 incinerators (100% in Czech Rep.) • glass (BREF)

  10. LCI results are in 8 categories: • Gross energy • Primary fuels & feedstocks • Raw materials • Water use • Air emissions • CO2equivalents • Water emissions • Solid waste

  11. Comparison of incinerated and landfilled MSW (1 t) Significant findings: • Electricity use of MSW placed in landfill is 0,4GJ/t and – 4,9 GJ/t if it were incinerated • Total water use of 1 ton of municipal waste is roughly 18 times higher when incinerated • CO2 equivalent (100 years) is equal • The solid waste category closely parallels the incineration process for entries related to cinders and ashes

  12. Recycling of Secondary Materials Significant findings: • Significantly less demanding in consumption of energy, fuels and water • Significantly negative yields (more than 1% in Czech Rep.) most notably in the areas of • Pollution of waste water (insoluble substances, organic substances) • Emissions of solid particle waste • Emissions of SOx

  13. Four scenarios were defined • LEGAL (municipal waste management accurately pursuant to the directives 94/62/EC and 1999/31/EC) • RECYCLING (25% recycling, 25% energy recovery, 50% landfilling) • ENERGETIC (15% recycling, 50% energy recovery, 35% landfilling) • LANDFILL (10% recycling, 15% energy recovery, 75% landfilling;

  14. Description of the scenarios • Legal: Fulfills requirements of 94/62/EC, fulfills requirements of 99/31/EC • Recycling: Exceeds requirements of 94/62/EC, Exceeds requirements of 99/31/EC • Energetic: Fulfills requirements of 94/62/EC, Exceeds requirements of 99/31/EC • Landfill: Does not meet requirements of 94/62/EC, Does not meet requirements of 99/31/EC

  15. Scenarios in kt of MSW

  16. Calculation of scenarios • LCI of landfill • LCI of incineration – LCI of compensated fuels • LCIs of glass/paper/plastics till it is melted together with raw material – difference between LCIs of glass/paper/plastics from raw and secondary materials

  17. Results of scenarios

  18. Discussion results of scenarios • The scenario of municipal waste treatment in the Czech Rep. in 2010 with the lowest impact is the scenario favoring landfill above all other forms of use. • The scenario of municipal waste treatment in the Czech Rep. in 2010 with the highest impact is the scenario favoring recycling above all other forms of use.

  19. Addition to emissions in the CRmade by treatment of 2,5 million tons of MSW Control year - 2001

  20. Discussion • Additions to total inputs/outputs in the CR made by MSWT can be measured in tenths of a percent • Additions to total greenhouse gases is 0,3%. Production of mine gasses containing CH4 in just one, although the largest, district in the Czech Republic (OKR) is 1,2%, which is four times greater • The most significant impact of MSWT is in emissions of organic substances to water.

  21. Adherence to Guideline 99/31/EC in the CR will mean an increase in emissions of greenhouse gasses CO2 ekv.(kt)

  22. Discussion • Emissions of CH4 from MSW landfills will be negligible with respect to the requirements of Guideline 99/31/EC; 60% of biogenic carbon is permanently bound in the landfill. • Incineration also emits xenobiotic carbon (plastics), which mean a clear increase in greenhouse gasses • Huge investment into municipal waste incineration in the Czech Republic through the year 2010 (300 million Euros) with minimal returns.

  23. Calculation of competitive scenarios • LCI of landfill • LCI of incineration – LCI of compensated fuels • LCIs of glass/paper/plastics from raw material – LCIs of glass/paper/plastics from secondary materials

  24. Results of competitive scenarios

  25. Conclusions • Identify and quantify all relevant impacts to the environment • Regulate the most important impacts • Apply national limits of MSW treatment