Feature - Brazil: From Waste To Wattage
Michael Christopher Brown
Rio de Jainero generates about 3.5 million metric tons of solid waste annually. Waste management is critical. Emissions from landfills account for 12 per cent of the world’s emissions of methane (CH4) a short-lived climate pollutant with a global warming impact more than 25 times that of carbon dioxide (CO2).
Waste collection and recycling creates jobs. Closing open landfills to capture harmful methane emissions reduces climate change and provides a globally available source of energy.