The company FCC saved energy for a quarter of a million households
Thus the Company significantly contributed to the environment improvement and the "carbon footprint" reduction. How was it managed? By the consistent development of separate waste collection system and recycling of usable components of municipal waste.
"It is a way that the company FCC started several years ago. We are focused on the consistent waste separation, as well as its subsequent reuse, "says the Sales director Petr Moravek. "We also treat waste that is not suitable for material utilization, and which is used as solid alternative fuel - RDF. Usage of one kilogram of this fuel reduces CO2 emissions by almost half a kilogram, "he adds.
The Company, with the original name .A.S.A., was founded in Austria in 1988 and in a relatively short period has become one of the leading European companies involved in waste management and the provision of municipal services. In the Czech Republic the Company has been operating since 1992 and today is the largest company in the area of waste management. The Companies FCC in the Czech Republic serve nearly 1.2 million people and offer a comprehensive range of services for municipalities, businesses and entrepreneurs. Their services include ensuring decontamination of old environmental burdens, design, construction and reclamation of own landfills or operation of biodegradation surfaces. Treatment of secondary raw materials – i.e. primarily glass, paper, plastic or metals has great importance for the Company.
FCC entrusted the company MT KONZULT, under the leadership of Ing. Marie Tichá, to draw up an independent study on treatment of separate waste collection. The results of this study provide an overview of the environmental impacts of waste collection and recycling system of the company FCC Czech Republic, Ltd. The study is specifically focused on two categories. The first one is the impact of global warming, expressed in equivalent of CO2 emissions saving. The second one is the energy saved due to usage of secondary raw materials instead of production from primary materials.
The researchers conceived the “fate” of separate waste in integrity – they used the LCA method (Life Cycle Assessment) – they mapped its entire life cycle from storage in the collection container until its final processing into secondary raw material. In calculations of energy saving and carbon dioxide emissions there were always counted transportation to the treatment site, as well as the energy needed for the own treatment.
The figures, which the study revealed, are astounding – in 2014 the waste collection in the FCC system brought saving of CO2 eq. in excess of 275,000 tons. For comparison it is an amount which is produced by more than 135,000 average cars per year. For example, by the collection of separate waste whole Prague saved over 74,000 tons, almost four times less.
In 2014 the energy saving was, due to usage of secondary raw materials from waste in the FCC system, incredible 4,604,930,509.64 MJ. Such an amount of energy covers the annual consumption of more than one and a quarter million of average four-member families ... Saving of total energy consumption and reduction in greenhouse gas emissions represent a significant contribution of FCC to improvement of the environment. The study results also suggest ways how to increase positive environmental contribution and enlarge the collection of commodities, which have great potential to reduce negative impacts on the environment.
Total saving of greenhouse gas emissions in kg of CO2 eq. of separate waste in 2014
The main contribution to the saving had paper, mainly saving of biogenic carbon, which contributed by 37.72%, saving of fossil fuels was 11.91%. Metal scrap contributed by 18.47% and plastics by 17.60%. Solid alternative fuels (RDF) contributed by 9.45%.
Shares of SRMs on the results of category of global warming impact vary due to the different quantities of each type of waste collected for subsequent material and energy use by the company FCC in 2014.
Comparison of total energy consumption in MJ from disposal of unsorted waste in 2014
This saving was mainly due to the use of plastics, namely 43.13%. Significant saving was also due to the use of paper, namely 21.14% and RDF, which contributed by c. 24.12%. Other commodities participated in this savings only in units of percent, due to the smaller volume of their collection.