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Waste and climate action

The waste sector's contribution to climate action is considerable and plays a crucial role in meeting Germany's Kyoto targets. Above all, the ban on the landfilling of untreated waste and subsequent fall in methane emissions have led to large reductions in annual greenhouse gas emissions compared to 1990 levels. Raw material and fossil fuel savings realised through materials and energy recovery in particular have also contributed to these emission reductions. Substantial contributions are made through biowaste recovery, waste paper recycling, the recovery of scrap metal and packaging and refuse incineration. By 2020, further reductions could be achieved by increasing energy efficiency in energy recovery and using biowaste for energy generation.

Last update: 14.07.2017

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