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Potential to transform waste to biogas in La Paz and El Alto, Bolivia – Challenges and opportunities
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Energy Technology, Energy and Climate Studies, ECS.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4321-6894
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Energy Technology, Energy and Climate Studies, ECS.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7123-1824
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Energy Technology, Energy and Climate Studies, ECS.
2012 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This presentation deals with the potential to transform waste to energy in La Paz and El Alto in Bolivia. The urban area of these municipalities is facing problems with waste management, water contamination, land use, and environmental burdens.

The existing waste management system is inefficient for recycling and reusing resources since segregation of waste is not common practice. Nevertheless, it represents an opportunity for implementing waste-to-biogas. The existing waste management system can be used to redirect the flow from landfills to biogas plants offering synergies between waste management and energy generation. Many advantages, for example, cost reductions might be achieved through waste-to-biogas in La Paz and El Alto. Currently only 30% of the waste management costs are covered by the collected fees, and thus municipalities are keen to find new ways for recovering costs. Biogas can also replace subsidized fossil fuels, such as domestic fossil gas and imported diesel, leading to environmental gains. Despite these potential benefits, there are policy incentives in other directions, institutional bottlenecks, and socioeconomic constraints that need to be tackled before the existing potential can be realized. In an on-going project led by KTH, we bring together actors along the waste management chain, as well as municipalities and ministries to define a common agenda to promote waste-to-biogas in La Paz and El Alto.

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2012.
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Energy Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-95385OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-95385DiVA: diva2:528030
Conference
Nordic Biogas Conference, Copenhagen, 23 – 25 April 2012
Projects
Waste-to-biogas in Bolivia (homepage: www.biogas-bolivia.proj.kth.se)
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QC 20120607

Available from: 2012-11-14 Created: 2012-05-23 Last updated: 2015-07-09Bibliographically approved

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