Today’s most prominent catchwords are “climate change,” “renewable energy,” and “low-carbon economy.” Alone they represent an enormous challenge facing humanity and solutions to that problem. Together they stand for an emerging business segment that unites eco-friendly technologies with the ambition of providing future generations with a livable planet.
Garbage Is Causing Climate Change
Wind and solar have been the champion technologies, but many others will be needed to decarbonize our societies. But what does it mean to have to decarbonize? It means human-induced carbon emissions have to stop. The ultimate goal is to keep global warming below 2 degrees C, and for that to happen, there cannot be any more greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions between 2045 and 2060. CO2 generation will have to be reduced to levels that can be absorbed by natural photosynthesis – such as via trees and the seas.
And while we mainly only hear about how industry and transportation are the cause of GHG emissions, they are not the only sectors responsible for the imbalances in the carbon cycle. Waste management accounts for about 11% of GHG emissions in the form of carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) – both from vehicles transporting the waste to landfills or recycling facilities, as well as from the garbage itself rotting in landfills or being incinerated. Read more…