Oslo's trash incinerator shows promise in climate change test

By Alister Doyle

OSLO (Reuters) – Oslo’s main trash incinerator has shown promising results in the world’s first experiment to capture greenhouse gases from the fumes of burning rubbish as a new way to slow climate change, officials said on Tuesday.

If built at full scale, however, the technology would be a very costly way to limit carbon dioxide emissions as part of an international agreement to curb global warming reached by almost 200 nations at a summit in Paris in 2015.

So far, research into capturing carbon has focused mainly on emissions at the chimneys of coal-fired power plants. It had been unclear if the same could be applied at an incinerator for municipal and household waste.

“We had very promising results,” said Oscar Graff, head of carbon capture, utilization and storage at Aker Solutions, which ran the year-long test since January 2016 with a facility bolted onto Oslo’s…

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