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Incineration of Municipal Solid Waste in the Baltic States: Influencing Factors and Perspectives

This book chapter seeks to identify and discuss the main local and regional factors that could influence the economic success of large-scale waste incineration in the Baltic States, with a focus on conventional mass-burn incineration.

Harri Moora / Published on 10 February 2012

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Moora, H., V. Voronova and R. Uselyte (2012). Incineration of Municipal Solid Waste in the Baltic States: Influencing Factors and Perspectives. Waste to Energy (Green Energy & Technology, 2012), A. Karagiannidis (ed.), Springer London, 237–260.

The three Baltic States are in the stage of changing their municipal waste management systems since they have to comply with the principles and targets of the European Union waste policy and directives. Over the past years, thermal treatment of municipal waste has been discussed more intensely in these countries as an option that could help to reach the legal targets in a relatively short time.

In general, the Baltic States have similar socio-economic characteristics, waste and energy sector developments and geographical conditions that form similar frameworks for the development of a waste management infrastructure, including possible waste-to-energy options. However, as experience from recent studies and projects shows, there are several local and regional factors that could significantly influence the economic success of large scale waste incineration.

The article examines technical, economic and environmental issues relevant to the Baltic States, presenting those issues in the form of an illustrative case study based on the design and performance data of the first waste-to-energy facility in Estonia.

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Harri Moora

Head of Unit, Senior Expert (Green and Circular Economic Transformations Unit)

SEI Tallinn

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