Civil society statement on the practice of waste incineration in cement kilns
Alcala de Guadella, Spain – November 13, 2016
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Our undersigned believes that waste is a resource that should be prioritized according to the waste hierarchy, and priority is given to the upper level of waste prevention, reuse, recycling and redesign. In view of the increasing use of waste as fuel for cement production and the serious impact this has on local communities around the world, we point out that incineration of waste in cement kilns is not a solution to climate change and waste management, but should be adopted immediately Cement industry stopped.
Cement production is one of the most energy-intensive industrial processes and a major factor in climate change. Data in 2006 showed that the cement industry contributed about 8% of anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions, or 6% of greenhouse gas emissions. In recent years, efforts to curb these emissions have focused on the use of so-called "alternative fuels", which are always different types of waste (municipal solid waste, hazardous waste, industrial waste, etc.).
By using waste as a substitute for fossil fuels, the cement industry is trying to green its technology. According to reports, these technologies pose a threat to public health and are of no avail to reducing the cement industry’s environmental impact.
The premise of the environmental declaration of waste combustion is the wrong argument that the emissions of the organic part of the waste are "carbon neutral" and therefore do not need to be calculated. This claim has been effectively refuted by the European Environment Agency’s Scientific Committee, which called such accounting "serious methodological errors" and the European Zero Waste report, which emphasized "all greenhouse gases...origins."
In addition, it is reported that cement plants have been burning biomass materials mixed with non-biomass residues, such as pesticides containing heavy metals or sewage sludge. By using them together under the same "biomass" label, cement plants are cleaning up the use of hazardous waste as fuel. The most worrying thing is that old tires and scrap cars are considered "partial biomass fuel", which is the biggest deception, because most of them are fossil fuel-based plastics.
Cement kilns that cannot filter volatile heavy metals (mercury, thallium, cadmium, etc.) are the second largest source of overall mercury emissions. The impact of this pollution on surrounding communities has been well documented, and independent scientific research has linked waste incineration with increased morbidity and mortality, including high rates of cancer, miscarriage, and respiratory diseases.
It has been shown that by focusing on the higher levels of waste levels and treating waste as valuable resources, and managing them in a manner consistent with the higher levels of waste levels, it is possible to have a greater positive impact on climate change and follow the zero waste strategy. in principle.
We must recycle resources for other products instead of burning rubber tires. Similarly, biological waste should be treated according to the level of biological waste, where possible, first used to feed humans, then animals, and then used for composting or anaerobic digestion.
It is a loophole that cement kilns mistakenly burn waste to improve their green certification. It is used to green the industry. It is vital to eliminate this option. We call for waste combustion to be excluded from the definition of renewable energy, and to update the accounting method of greenhouse gas emissions to reflect this. Subsidies supporting the incineration of waste in cement kilns should be cancelled immediately. We need to first follow the waste class according to EU legislation to protect resources from waste.
List of signatories
Indonesia Zero Waste Alliance Spain Alvadira AMAR Environmental Protection Association Spain Amigos de la Tierra APROMAC Environmental Protection Association Brazil Catalonia Pallejà vecinos de Pallejà, Spain BaliFokus Foundation Indonesia BaliFokus Foundation Indonesia CESTA Amigos de la Tierra, Salvador CHASE, C for a Safe Environment (CSE) Foundation of Toronto (Canada) Inc. COLLECTIF 3R (Réduire, Réutiliser, Recycler), France Consumers' Association of Penang, Malaysia Durham Environment Watch, USEarthlife Africa Cape Town, South AfricaEco -Cycle International, USEcological Recycling Society, Greece Ecologistas en Acción, Spain Alcalá de Guadaíra Ecologistas en Acción, Spain Ecowaste Coalition, Philippines Ekologi brez meja / Zero Waste Slovenija, Slovenia Environmental associatino Za Zemiata, Bulgaria EQUEQUevilla S, Spain, Spain the Earths of the Earths of the Earths of the Earths of the Earths of the Earths of the Earths of the Earths of the Earths of the Earths of the Earths of the Earths of the Earths of the Earths of the Earths of the Earths of the Earth , Friends of the Earth of the Earth of the Earth of the Defundación, la Defunda cion Argentina Greenpeace for Health and Environmental Justice, United States Greenpeace, Spain groundWork, South Africa HCWH EuropeInstituto Polis, Brazil JA! Jusica Ambiental/FOE Mozambique Let's do it Macedonia Mother Earth Foundation, Philippines Moviment Contra la Incineració a Uniland, Catalunya No Macrovertedero, Dr. Sí Residuo Cero, Spain, Brazil Environmental Health Research Project Company (AEHSP), United States Plataforma Cívica per la Salut i el Medi Ambient i el Medi Ambient Plataforma No Macrovertedero, Sí Residuo 0, Catalonia, Spain, Platraforma contra la Incineración de residuos en lacementera de los Alcores, Spain, Red de Accion por los ale De RADA, Spain, Sahabat Alam, Chile (Friends of the Earth), Texas Environmental Movement, Malaysia And TCE Fund, Brazil USTOXISPHERA Environmental Health Association, UK No Incineration Network Zelena akcija / Friends of the Earth Croatia Zero Waste 4 Zero Burning Africa Zero Waste, South Africa Zero Waste Italy Zero Waste Montenegro Zero Waste RomaniaZero Zabor Ingurumen Beserako Elkartea, Basque Country ZWNW, Ireland