FOSSIL RESOURCE SUBSTITUTION BY ORGNIC WASTE CARBON RECYCLING
Annual global harvest in our decade amounts to circa 13Gt dry matter of biomass. In energy content this represents roughly 50% of world’s primary energy equivalent. Only 2% of energy consumption is covered by the conversion of primary biomass into secondary energy forms such as heat (75%), electric power (10%) or transportation fuels (15%).
About 40% of the world’s annual harvest ends up as organic waste, mostly just discarded or in some higher income countries gets incinerated. All together this represents 20% primary energy equivalent of quite ineffective secondary resource use. Even if everything was incinerated and all landfill gas combusted, all post primary use, end of lifecycle biomass or decay being “Hydro Carbonic Matter” is transformed into CO2 only. Wherever done so, it commonly is regarded Carbon neutral today and praised “Best Available Technology” [BAT].
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