Sewage sludge is an important contributor to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and the carbon budget of organic solid waste treatment and disposal. In this case study, total GHG emissions from an auto-control sludge compost system, including direct and indirect emissions and replaceable reduction due to sludge compost being reused as fertilizer, were quantified. The results indicated that no methane generation needed to be considered in the carbon debit because of the advantages of auto-control for monitoring and maintenance of appropriate conditions during the composting process. Indirect emissions were mainly from electricity and fossil fuel consumption, including sludge transportation and mechanical equipment use. Overall, the total carbon replaceable emission reduction owing to sludge being treated by composting rather than landfill, and reuse of its compost as fertilizer instead of chemical fertilizer, were calculated to be 0.6204 tCO2e t−1 relative to baseline. Auto-control compost can facilitate obtaining certified emission reduction warrants, which are essential to accessing financial support with the authentication by the Clean Development Mechanism.
Reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from sewage sludge aerobic compost in China
H.-t. Liu, H.-x. Zheng, T.-b. Chen, G.-d. Zheng, D. Gao; Reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from sewage sludge aerobic compost in China. Water Sci Technol 1 March 2014; 69 (6): 1129–1135. doi: https://doi.org/10.2166/wst.2013.773
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