Invited Session: Climate Change

Greenhouse Gases and Waste: A Changing Climate for Decision-Making (0.5 CEU)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
8:00 – 8:30
Room 316

Moderator: Johnny Stuen, Technical Director, Waste to Energy Agency, City of Oslo, Norway

The contribution of waste management to climate change is widely misunderstood and misreported: the reporting of emissions under the “waste” chapter of the inventory, as reported to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, covers only emissions from landfills, biowaste treatment facilities and from the treatment of waste waters. The upsides from mitigation effectively are hidden in reduced emissions reported under the inventories for stationary combustion, and for industrial emissions. This presentation reviews the overall impact that improved waste and resource management may make to the balance of emissions from the waste management sector. It also reviews how, as the energy system decarbonizes (which it will have to if climate change is to be addressed head on), and as recycling rates increase, the performance of some of the options for managing waste is affected.

Following the presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the way emissions are reported under the greenhouse gas inventories reported to the UN
  • Understand that a proper accounting of the impacts of improved waste management indicate that the abatement potential offered by the sector is far greater if the right choices are made
  • Understand that simply “avoiding landfilling” without considering which alternatives to use, which is the message that the UN’s reporting tends one towards, will be nowhere near sufficient to address the threats we are currently facing


Peter Jones, Principal Consultant, Eunomia Research & Consulting Ltd, United Kingdom

Peter Jones

Peter Jones is an experienced PRINCE2® project manager with expertise in waste legislation, strategy development and waste services procurement. He also regularly advises on commercial waste, working with both public and private sector clients on business efficiency, valuation and commercial due diligence. He has proven expertise in policy and strategy development, the flexibility and creativity to take on a wide range of projects, and a keen analytical approach to problems that derives from his training in philosophy.