Environmental Systems and Waste Management
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The world has an
increasing amount of waste of all types that are put to landfill and
other disposal methods. This waste may take decades or more
to degrade so it was particularly pleasing to hear that an innovative
company has designed a system to use waste and turn it into energy.
The system is a
simple one and has been used by gardeners for many years to turn green
waste into compost. During the composting phase methane and
carbon dioxide is given off. The trick with the new system is
to capture the methane, clean it and then either feed it into the gas
grid or use it to produce electricity. The
reduction in methane emissions to the atmosphere will pay handsome
p in the climate change stakes.
There have been
other advances where a company in the USA have been turning industrial
plastic waste into a useable aircraft fuel.
Bio digesters can
turn almost anything organic into its hydrocarbon and methane
components thereby reducing our dependence on fossil fuels.
We all know that fossil fuels cannot last too much longer and will
never be reformed while waste will be on-going.
I can envisage the
day when all waste is recycled into energy and we will be
self sufficient once again. Importing vast amounts
of gas from anywhere is fought with risks, especially if the supplier
can shut off the supply as a bargaining chip in any conflict.
About the Author
Chris Eden FIBC, MISSA, ACQI is a director
of Quality Matters Limited an established independent management
consultancy based in Essex, UK which specialises in ISO14001 Environmental Management
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2010-12-07 16:21:30 in Business Articles