RezeroLab Data

Greenhouse gas emissions

Data from Spain

The environmental costs associated with waste management are those linked to its collection, transportation and treatment that affect the environment in the form of greenhouse gas emissions, polluting substances or consumption of natural resources.

The reduction of greenhouse gases in this sector involves waste prevention and reuse, rather than its management (recycling or final treatment), as well as managing it in the most local way possible to reduce emissions associated with transportation.

Evolution of total greenhouse gas emissions in Spain and those from waste treatment and disposal, as well as the percentage they represent out of the total

Source:Ministry for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge

Emissions generated by treatment and disposal of waste have remained between 13.5 and 14.5 million tonnes of CO2-eq.
In 2021, GHG emissions due to the treatment and disposal of waste were responsible for 4.9% of the total emissions generated in Spain, being the 6th sector that generates more emissions.