Journal article

Waste management options to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from paper in Australia

JG Pickin, STS Yuen, H Hennings

ATMOSPHERIC ENVIRONMENT | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2002

Abstract

A lifecycle assessment to estimate greenhouse gas emissions in Australia from the paper cycle is summarised. The greenhouse gas emissions from paper in Australia in 1999/2000 were estimated to be 12.1 million tonnes (Mt) of CO2 equivalent. Nearly half of this amount consisted of CH4 emissions from landfilled waste paper. Various waste management options were modelled to investigate the greenhouse impact of a tonne of paper over its whole lifecycle. Options that keep paper out of landfills significantly reduce greenhouse emissions, waste-to-energy recovery being most effective. Recycling is also beneficial, and is of particular interest from a management perspective because it can be controll..

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