EU waste management "to become carbon sink"

Consultants see absorption potential if waste policies focus on source separation, composting

EU waste management should become a significant net absorber of carbon by 2020, according to a consultancy report released by the European Commission.

The report analyses the climate implications of waste management operations. It includes not only direct emissions, such as of methane from landfill sites, but also emissions avoided through recycling or by displacement of emissions through waste incineration, and even through long-term sequestration of carbon in landfills.

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