Carbon Dioxide and Methane Emissions from Different Wastewater Treatment Scenarios

September 2009

Since the era of industrialisation, concentrations of greenhouse gases (GHGs) have tremendously increased in the atmosphere, as a result of the extensive use of fossil fuels, deforestation, improper waste management, transport, and other economic activities. This has led to a great accumulation of greenhouse gases, forming a blanket around the Earth which contributes to global warming. Over the last decades, wastewater treatment has developed strongly and has become a very important asset in mitigating the impact of domestic and industrial effluents on the environment.

This study focuses on the estimation of GHG emissions of four different wastewater treatment configurations, both conventional and innovative systems namely: (1) Harnaschpolder, (2) Sneek, (3) EIER-Ouaga and (4) Siddhipur. This analysis is based on COD mass balance, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2006 guidelines for estimating CO2 and CH4, and a literature review. Furthermore, the energy requirements for each of the systems were estimated based on an energy survey.


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PublisherUNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education
ThemesClimate change, Mitigation, Sanitation value chain, Sustainability and safely managed sanitation, Vulnerability, resilience and adaptation

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