Fugitive greenhouse gas emissions from wastewater systems

Foley, Jeff and Lant, Paul (2007) Fugitive greenhouse gas emissions from wastewater systems Melbourne, Vic., Australia: Water Services Association of Australia

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Author Foley, Jeff
Lant, Paul
Title of report Fugitive greenhouse gas emissions from wastewater systems
Publication date 2007-12
ISBN 192076030X
Publisher Water Services Association of Australia
Series WSAA Literature Review; 01
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic., Australia
Start page 1
End page 104
Total pages 104
Language eng
Subjects K
290802 Water and Sanitary Engineering
291101 Environmental Engineering Modelling
Abstract/Summary Current Australian Greenhouse Office (AGO) methodologies for wastewater treatment focus mainly on emissions associated with energy use (e.g. electricity and fuel consumption). Quantifying fugitive emissions from wastewater systems is an area of uncertainty for the industry, with less developed and less reliable methodologies. This level of uncertainty in the wastewater industry’s “carbon profile” is unacceptable in the emerging business environment of carbon pricing, and managerial commitments to “carbon neutrality”. Methane and nitrous oxide emissions have much higher global warming potentials than carbon dioxide. This study reviews existing knowledge on their production in wastewater systems and defines their relative importance compared to emissions from energy usage in both wastewater systems and other economic sectors. Further areas of research were identified, to provide sound guidance to water authorities. An interim draft methodology for fugitive greenhouse gas emissions from Australian wastewater systems was proposed for consideration by the AGO.
Keyword Wastewater
Greenhouse gas
Nitrous oxide
Q-Index Code K
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
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