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Carbon dioxide and Energy flows in Jämtland’s waste sector
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Ecotechnology and Sustainable Building Engineering.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to assess the current situation of energy and carbon flows through the waste sector in Jämtland. An energy flow analysis is performed by balancing the inflows and outflows of the lower heating value and embodied energy. A carbon flow analysis was made on the same principles although with the carbon content and embodied CO2eq.  The results are showing that over a period of one year, 75 000 tons of waste flows through the waste sector in Jämtland. Approximately 60 % of all the waste is incinerated. The energy analysis shows that 970TJ flows through the waste sector every year. Household waste is the category with most energy consumption and emissions in total. However, other materials like metal and electronics have higher energy and carbon content per ton than the household category. The results of the analyses can further be implemented in the Sustainable Jämtland model and it can then be used as a base when making strategies for a sustainable waste treatment.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 22 p.
Keyword [en]
Carbon cycling model, Carbon flow analysis, Carbon dioxide equivalent, Energy flow analysis, Embodied energy, Greenhouse gases, Low heating value, Material flow analysis, Samsö model, Sustainable development, Waste.
National Category
Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-29087Local ID: MX-V16-A2-002OAI: diva2:1034561
Subject / course
Environmental Science MV1
Educational program
International Master's Programme in Ecotechnology and Sustainable Development NEKAA 120 higher education credits
Available from: 2016-10-12 Created: 2016-10-12

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