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GreenYes List- fyi.... related to the biomass LCA topic:
CIWMB Conversion Technology Listserv

March 27-28, 2007

The California Biomass Collaborative will be hosting its 4th Annual
Biomass Forum on March 27 - 28, 2007 at the Cal/EPA Building located at
1001 I Street in Sacramento, California . This year`s theme is on
advanced technologies for biomass and waste conversion and is
co-sponsored by the California Energy Commission and the California
Integrated Waste Management Board. The primary focus for March 28th will
be the use of solid waste residuals to produce biofuels.

For additional information and forum registration use the following
link: <>

Request For Proposal - Lifecycle Assessment of Organic Diversion
Alternatives and Economic Analysis of Greenhouse Gas Reduction Options

Governor Executive Orders S-03-05 and S-20-06 and the California Global
Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32) require the CIWMB to be an active
member on the Climate Action Team and to implement workplan strategies
to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions related to solid waste
management. The CIWMB is responsible for implementing three strategies
to achieve targeted GHG reduction goals that represent a significant
contribution to reducing statewide GHGs. One of the GHG reduction
strategies calls for the implementation of additional recycling and
organics management technologies to move towards zero waste resulting in
three MMTCO2e by 2020. The CIWMB`s zero waste strategy requires
assistance in the creation and expansion of sustainable markets to
support diversion efforts, particularly recyclables and organic
materials, to ensure that these materials return to the economic
mainstream. This Request For Proposals (RFP, Secondary) is designed to
assist the CIWMB in addressing two key provisions of the zero waste
strategy. The purpose of the Lifecycle Assessment of Organics Diversion
Alternatives is to quantify the GHG emission reductions for the
beneficial "offsets" using a cradle to cradle approach. The purpose of
the Economic Analysis of GHG Reduction Options is to identify
cost-effective organics management program activities along with
recycling strategies that can achieve optimum GHG emission reductions.
The results of this project should assist the CIWMB in deciding on
future efforts to achieve targeted GHG reduction goals while moving
towards zero waste.

A copy of this RFP, Secondary can be downloaded at <outbind://113/>
or by contacting Wendy Roberson at 916-341-6120 or via email at
wroberso@no.address If you have any questions regarding this RPF,
please direct them to Ms. Roberson as well.

-----Original Message-----
From: GreenYes@no.address
[mailto:GreenYes@no.address] On Behalf Of Eric Lombardi
Sent: Thursday, February 15, 2007 4:31 PM
To: stephan.pollard@no.address
Cc: 'Greenyes'
Subject: [GreenYes] Re: our solar soulmates don't get it!!


Direct your questions to Dave at GAIA please (see bottom of the
email) ... and Dave, we'd all love to see your responses,


-----Original Message-----
From: GreenYes@no.address
[mailto:GreenYes@no.address] On Behalf Of Stephan Pollard
Sent: Thursday, February 15, 2007 5:13 PM
To: Eric Lombardi
Cc: Greenyes
Subject: [GreenYes] Re: our solar soulmates don't get


You state that "when the full life cycle is considered,
recycling is a far less greenhouse gas and energy intensive approach
than biomass incineration." I'd be very interested in having a look at
any scientifically performed peer-reviewed LCA that considers recycling
next to biomass incineration. Could you direct me to the source of the
above information?

Best Regards,

Eric Lombardi wrote:

(this just in from GAIA)

A recent report by the American Solar Energy
Society, and recognized by the Sierra Club as their official roadmap to
confronting global warming, presents a biomass strategy that would
displace real global warming solutions such as recycling and composting
by supporting the incineration of municipal solid waste-including paper.
This could undermine efforts to transform the pulp and paper industry,
reduce paper consumption, increase paper recycling, and protect forests.

The report can be found at:

Sierra Club's press release can be found at:

I have also pasted the text from the report that
is of particular concern at the bottom of this e-mail.

The report presents an expanded definition of
"biomass" that includes gasification incineration of municipal solid
waste as a source of renewable energy. The data used in the study
considers more than half of U.S. municipal solid waste as eligible for
biomass, including materials that are currently recycled or composted
such as paper, cardboard, green waste, food waste and construction wood
waste. Further, the report makes no mention of recycling. When the
full life cycle is considered, recycling is a far less greenhouse gas
and energy intensive approach than biomass incineration.

State and federal climate policy will be
pivotal in determining the fate of recycling and composting in the U.S.
Rather than support the expansion of incinerators in U.S. communities,
we must work to advance policies that support more just and sustainable
waste solutions that are better for the climate than incineration and

Promote recycling, not incineration:

* Write a letter to the Sierra Club to let
them know that you are concerned about the impact of biomass
incineration on paper recycling. The Sierra Club has been an ally on
many issues. Please consider including the points below:

o Biomass should not be defined to
include incineration (including gasification, pyrolysis, plasma and
other incinerator technologies) of valuable materials found in municipal
solid waste such as paper, cardboard, green waste, food waste and
construction wood waste because:

* Classifying incineration as a source
of renewable energy and a solution to global warming undermines real
global warming solutions such as recycling and composting

* Recycling and composting of discarded
materials contributes far fewer greenhouse gas emissions than

* Recycling and composting materials
conserves 3-5 times more energy than incineration generates

* Incinerators are the most expensive
and toxic approach to dealing with municipal solid waste

Of particular concern in the report is the

"Urban Residues (Municipal Solid Waste [MSW])

Values for biomass in MSW were available for
California at the county level [21], and we obtained data for the
remaining states (with the exceptions of Alaska and Montana) from a
recent survey of state solid waste and recycling officials [25]. We
calculated a value for annual per capita MSW generation of 1.38 metric
tons per person per year from the data available for the 16 states. We
applied this annual per capita factor to the populations of Alaska and
Montana to estimate their MSW generation. We applied values for moisture
content (30% wet basis) and biogenic fraction of MSW (56%) to the MSW
values to arrive at estimates of biogenic dry matter in MSW for each
state. This resource includes only the biomass component of MSW and not
the entire MSW stream. The biomass component consists of paper and
cardboard, green waste, food waste, and construction wood waste, and
specifically excludes plastics, tires, and other non-biomass materials.
We determined biomass in MSW diverted from landfill by subtraction of
disposal from generation."

The report includes the following incineration

* Stoker and fluid bed combustors with steam
generation and steam turbines

* Gasification with applications to boiler steam
generation and steam turbines, combined cycle (gas turbine, heat
recovery steam generator, and steam turbine), or an ICE

Dave Ciplet

Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives

Tel: 510.883.9490 ext. 102

Fax: 510.883.9493

dave@no.address <>

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