FOCUS SESSION II / 22 November 2022 / 9:00 - 9:50
Role of thermal treatment in Circular Economy
Umberto Arena - University of Campania "Luigi Vanvitelli" (IT)
Marco J. Castaldi - The City College of New York (US)
Christophe Cord'Homme - CNIM (FR)
Lidia Lombardi - Niccolò Cusano University, Rome (IT)
Massimiliano Materazzi - University College London (UK)
Dezhen Chen - Tongji University (CN)
Jianhua Yan - Zhejiang University (CN)
Thermochemical treatments of different kinds of solid waste are today able to provide an efficient recovery of electric and thermal energy, an improved recycling of inorganic materials, and a crucial saving of space for landfilling, in full compliance with the protection of the human health and environment.
The new challenge is to move from the status quo of a substantial climate neutral sector to a new status characterized by a further improving of environmental performances in terms of Global Warming potential, able to obtain a negative CO2 emission balance.
The target of a Carbon Negative sector can be achieved by innovative (post- and pre-combustion) capture of CO2, that means by adopting Carbon Capture and Sequestration devices in conventional WtE plants or developing innovative waste-to-fuels (WtF) processes and technologies.
Different points of view about these options will be discussed in the Focus Session.