CASE STUDIES

Capital Recycling Solutions (CRS) has responded to the ACT Government’s call for innovative waste management solutions. A draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is now being prepared for the development of a centre for advanced recycling, resource recovery and renewable energy generation for the ACT. CRS is committed to transparency and ongoing engagement with all Canberrans about this proposal. The following provides links to:

  • Waste to energy plants around the world.
  • Facilities similar to that being proposed by CRS.
  • Studies from institutions such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the European Environment Agency and Columbia University.
  • Adelaide’s Brighton Cement facility (waste to energy).

Waste to Energy Plants Around the World

See the below link to waste to energy plants around the world that you can find information about.
http://www.industcards.com/ppworld.htm#waste-to-energy

Asia (other countries) 8
Belgium 9
Czech Republic & Slovakia 5
Denmark 12
Finland 6
Germany 60
Italy 27
Japan 20
The Netherlands 7
Poland 5
Portugal 4
Sweden 12
Switzerland 22
The UK 33
USA 53
Austria 8
China 12
France 21
Norway 8
Spain 10
Taiwan 8
Europe (other) 11

Modern Plants Similar to CRS Proposal

Here are some links to information about plants similar to the CRS Proposal and these include emissions data.
http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/about/wte/pages/index.aspx
https://www.veolia.co.uk/leeds/
https://www.durhamyorkwaste.ca/

International Experts

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
The IPCC says that globally there are about 130 million tonnes of waste annually combusted in over 600 plants in 35 countries.
https://www.ipcc.ch/publications_and_data/ar4/wg3/en/ch10s10-4-3.html
https://www.ipcc.ch/publications_and_data/ar4/wg3/en/ch10s10-4.html

European Environment Agency
Waste to energy represents net carbon emission reductions
03%202011%20Waste%20opportunities%20(1).pdf

Columbia University (New York) waste to energy studies
http://www.seas.columbia.edu/earth/wtert/newwtert/assets/news/file/Feeding%20the%20Asian%20Dragon.pdf
http://www.seas.columbia.edu/earth/wtert/

French Study into dioxin and furan emissions from 85 WtE plants in France
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0956053X12002863
http://opac.invs.sante.fr/doc_num.php?explnum_id=7527

Reports from around the world about no impact on human health from modern WtE plants

http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/about/wte/pages/05.aspx

2014 May. Literature Review of Potential Health Risk Issues Associated with New Waste-to-Energy Facilities
http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solidwaste/about/wte/PublicationsWTE/IntrinsikWTEReviewHealthIssuesMay282014.pdf

Spatial analysis of health effects of large industrial incinerators in England
http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/3/1/e001847

AEA Technology. (2012). Review of research into health effects of Energy from Waste facilities
http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/about/wte/PublicationsWTE/EfW_Health_Review_January_2012_FINAL.pdf

Giusti L. A review of waste management practices and their impact on human health. Waste Management. 2009 Aug;29(8):2227–39 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0956053X09001275

Smith, Dr. L.F. (2007). Energy from Waste Facility in the Region of Durham. Prepared for the Medical Officer of Health of Durham Region – http://www.durham.ca/departments/health/pub/energyFromWasteReport.pdf

British Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). (2004). Review of Environmental and Health Effects of Waste Management: Municipal Solid Waste and Similar Wastes.
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/69391/pb9052a-health-report-040325.pdf

National Research Council (NRC). (2000). Waste Incineration & Public Health. National Academy Press, Washington, DC.2000.
https://www.nap.edu/read/5803/chapter/1

Australian Context