Klimatanalys av avloppsreningsverk: Analyser av två av Laholmsbuktens VA:s avloppsreningsverk med förslag på förbättringsåtgärder
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
The intensified greenhouse effect is the biggest cause for a negative climate change. Global warming is a result of enhanced greenhouse effect and poses a potential threat for humans and its surrounding environment that can result in disastrous consequences. The rise in temperature is driven by increased human activity whereas the leading cause for emissions of greenhouse gases is the combustion of fossil fuels. The prominent source of emissions is from the following sectors: transport, industrial and energy. The task of reducing the emissions of greenhouse gases is both globally and internationally prioritized. Progress has been made although every potential source for emissions has to be investigated in order to reduce the total climate impact. Based on scientific research, wastewater treatment plants are also a contributing factor to the greenhouse effect by emissions of gases. This bachelor’s thesis is investigating two wastewater treatment plants and identifying which processes contribute to the climate impact. The climate impact is calculated with an Excel-based analyzing tool and the results show the Carbon Footprints for the treatment plants. The purpose of this paper is to present result acquired from the treatment plants and identify the processes that have the biggest impact on our climate. Afterwards, solutions derived from the analysis of results will be suggested to improve and bring additional help to the treatment plants with their climate work. In conclusion, it is determined that the treatment plants both have net emissions of greenhouse gases. The biggest contributor is the wastewater treatment and the use of biogas. Results from analysis show that some of the assumptions on emissions made in the tool make the initial results doubtful. Therefore, further research is needed on this subject in order to produce more reliable facts.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 54 p.
Wastewater treatment, climate impact, greenhouse gas emissions, Carbon Footprint, calculation tool
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-31605OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-31605DiVA: diva2:947094
Subject / course
Waara, Sylvia, Universitetslektor Miljövetenskap