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Will the Poolbeg Incinerator, Dublin, Ireland, be environmentally sustainable

Does the Poolbeg waste-to-energy incinerator which was controversially granted planning permission in 2007 meet the definition of the Brundtland concept of sustainable development.

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Table of contents

Glossary of Terms: 3
1. Introduction: 4
2. Background: 5
3. Discussion 6
3.1 Input Loads 6
3.2 Type of Input Waste 7
3.3 Waste as a Commodity 7
3.4 Major Waste Emissions from facility 7
3.5 Energy from Waste 8
4. Conclusions: 9
Appendices 11
Appendix A - Definition of Incineration: 11
Appendix B - Definition of MSW: 11
Appendix C - Summary of conditions from  An Bord Pleanála: 11
Appendix D - EPA waste licence approval: 12
Appendix E - Foreshore licence application: 12
References: 13
Tables: 14
Table A - Municipal waste generation 2003 – 2008: 14
Table B - Disposal and recovery of managed municipal waste, 2008: 14
Table C - Landfill Targets above 1995 levels: 15
Photomontage of Poolbeg WtE: 16
Figure 1 - Model View from north Dublin: 16
Figure 2 - Model View from south Dublin: 16

Preview of the essay: Will the Poolbeg Incinerator, Dublin, Ireland, be environmentally sustainable

This report will discuss the granting of planning permission and waste licence for the Poolbeg incinerator, concentrating on the areas of waste input and output, energy recovery and their affects on environment, economy and community and will conclude in the author’s opinion whether it is worthy of been called a sustainable development.
With increasing population, increased waste production and growing opposition to landfill as a viable waste disposal method via EU regulations, the planning authorities were forced to review and overhaul waste disposal methods used in Ireland up to the turn of the century. Due regard had to be given to the EU waste hierarchy which is a downward pyramid from prevention through minimisation, reuse, recycling, energy recovery to disposal as a last resort.
Landfill (disposal) was the predominant ...

... competition grounds, in the long term, this could be inherently bad for consumers. It will limit consumer choice, drive existing competing facilities from the market, provide little incentives for efficiencies or new innovations and result in increased consumer prices. In summary, it is like putting all your waste in one incinerator.
It is concluded that Poolbeg, under current plans, will fall well short of being a fully sustainable development.
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