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UQ research contributes to international climate change guidelines

Thursday, 03 October 2019
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The International Panel on Climate Change has used University of Queensland research to update its National Greenhouse Gas Inventories Guideline for the first time in 13 years.

UQ’s Advanced Water Management Centre has spent a decade researching greenhouse gas emissions from wastewater systems, both in lab-scale and full-scale, in close collaboration with its many utility partners.

Based on this research, the IPCC guidelines significantly updated the default emission factors for nitrous oxide in one type of domestic wastewater treatment plants.

AWMC Director Professor Zhiguo Yuan said wastewater handling could contribute extensively to greenhouse gas emissions from utility operations.

“IPCC default emissions are not one size fits all,” Professor Yuan said.

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