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Carbon footprint analysis of an industrial waste management company: The Polyeco S.A. case study

Kaboli Eleni

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Year 2021
Type of Item Diploma Work
Bibliographic Citation Eleni Kaboli, "Carbon footprint analysis of an industrial waste management company: The Polyeco S.A. case study", Diploma Work, School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Crete, Chania, Greece, 2021
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Purpose of the present dissertation is to examine the carbon footprint of an industrial waste management company, more specifically to analyze and assess the gaseous pollutants responsible for climate change emitted by the company in question. The underlying aim of this examination is to comprehensively understand the production method of gaseous pollutants with reference to the environmental footprint inventory of the company, an examination that will provide a complete picture of the environmental impact of the pollutants.The first chapter of this work attempts to provide a detailed examination of the conceptual framework of carbon footprint, which contributes to the greenhouse effect.The second chapter focuses on the hierarchy of waste, its origin, the emergence and evolution of solid waste management, as this is guided by five key factors, namely public health, the environment, lack of resources and the value of waste, climate change awareness and public participation.The third chapter focuses on the definitions of waste and non-waste, as well as the role of waste minimization, methodological issues and the regulatory framework.The fourth chapter examines in detail the gases that contribute to the greenhouse effect, including carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, methane (CH4) emissions, nitrogen oxide (N2O) emissions, Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) and gas emissions. It also considers market failures that failed to address the climate change problem.The fifth chapter provides a detailed report of the facilities, gaseous emissions and solid waste production of the company in question. Moreover, it is attempted to identify and evaluate the overall environmental impact of the company.The sixth chapter focuses on the energy consumption of the company in all its forms , after the data collection and is presented through diagrams that depict the variation of energy consumption as a whole, but also in relation to each form separately.The seventh chapter, the carbon footprint of the company (Polyeco S.A.) is calculated and the final table with its annual gas emissions is presented.The eighth chapter provides an overview of the most important conclusions that could be drawn from the previous analysis, while also commenting on the carbon footprint in relation to two previous years.Finally, some suggestions are mentioned in order to improve the relevant results in the future.

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