…Caveat…. I am NOT an incineration expert … what I am aware of is … the point at which atmospheric testing of flue gases has an incredible impact on the test results…
… Most of these tests are performed in the “eye of the fire” which gives remarkable different results than the tests taken at the top of the flue as discharge into our atmosphere…
…As we do not know where Sweden tests how are we to interpret this article…???
Sweden runs out of garbage… imports from other countries for carbon-neutral energy
Many countries in the world are struggling to deal with the garbage they generate. Especially in the developing world, it is common to find landfills full of garbage. These countries are unable to recycle their waste or use it for any useful thing. The garbage sits in the landfills and turns back to pollute the environment, causing damage to both the environment and human lives.
But in Sweden, the story is different. The Swedish government has prioritized sustainable resources in the country. For example, the country is gradually becoming a powerhouse in the generation of renewable energy. In 1991, Sweden became the first country in the world to implement a heavy tax on fossil fuels. Today, the country generates more than half of its electricity from renewable sources. Apart from this, Sweden has an ambitious plan to run entirely on renewable energy by 2040.
The country is showing it is indeed synonymous with sustainability. Since 2014, Sweden has taken a very radical approach to its garbage system. The country recycles 99% of its garbage—converting much of the waste to energy. The energy is produced by burning garbage in a furnace in a process known as incineration. Incineration is a waste treatment process that involves the combustion of organic substances contained in waste materials. Incineration and other high-temperature waste treatment systems are described as “thermal treatment.” Incineration of waste materials converts the waste into ash, flue gas and heat.
The newly-produced gas from this process is then used to spin generator turbines, which produces electricity and heat for people. This is known as Waste-To-Energy (WTE). Sweden has a total of 32 WTE plants located around the country.
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