FOCUS SESSION I / 21 November 2022 / 14:30 - 15:20
Health risks in Waste to Energy
Raffaello Cossu - University of Padua (IT)
Massimo Federico - University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (IT)
Margherita Ferrante - University of Catania (IT)
Toni Lesley Gladding - The Open University (UK)
Incineration with energy recovery is of great interest to developing countries in addressing the growing volume and challenges of waste. However, there are still many concerns regarding its applicability and potential impacts on health, the environment and, therefore, the climate.
Modern Waste-to-energy (WtE) or waste-derived fuel combustion (RDF) processes for power generation have the potential to reduce the volume of waste and the number of landfills while providing a renewable energy source.
The Focus Session on "Health risks in Waste to Energy" is aimed at assessing the potential health effects (benefits and risks) of exposure to combustion emissions linked to WtE / RDF, all based on what emerges from the most recent scientific evidence.