HOT|COOL NO.3/2021 - "Don't waste it!"

WHAT AWASTE! One of the world's major environmental culprits is waste in landfills. Waste landfill leads to methane emissions, a greenhouse gas 30 times more harmful than CO 2 .

Today, only 19% of all waste is recycled or composted, and only 11% is incinerated. The rest is sent to landfills (37%) or openly dumped (33%).

What a waste! Waste is a valuable resource when the organic content can be turned into biogas or incinerated for producing electricity and DH.

From the political debate, one could very well get the impression that waste incinera- tion is the greatest environmental sin of all. But that picture is misleading.

At a modern waste cogeneration plant, the energy in the non-recyclable waste is utilized while protecting the environment. Spreading the modern incineration method globally, hence waste not thrown in a landfill, will represent a global environmental and climate quantum leap. Talking about waste, Denmark is - with good reason - regarded as a small light in the dark, in an ocean of garbage. Particularly concerning utilizing the energy resource in the non-recyclable part of the waste, Denmark stands out to the rest of the world. Through waste incineration, Denmark has killed two climate birds with one stone. Denmark has removed landfills from the equation and can now, with new technology, capture CO 2 from waste incineration plants and use it as a resource for producing sustainable fuel. You can read all about it in this Hot Cool issue. DBDH publishes Hot Cool, but the main business is helping cities or regions in their green transition. We will help you find specific answers for a sustainable district heating solution or integrate green technology into an existing district heating system in your region – for free! Any city, or utility in the world, can call DBDH and find help for a green district heating solution suitable for their city. A similar system is often operating in Denmark, being the most advanced district heating country globally. DBDH then organizes visits to Danish reference utilities or expert delegations from Denmark to your city. For real or virtually in webinars or web meetings.

DBDH is a non-profit organization - so guidance by DBDH is free of charge. Just call us. We'd love to help you district energize your city!

Best regards

Lars Hummelmose, Managing Director, DBDH, +45 2990 0080

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