Australian Carbon Credit Unit Calculator for Concrete Recycling Facility Use

Hill, Hamish (2022) Australian Carbon Credit Unit Calculator for Concrete Recycling Facility Use. [USQ Project]

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Following the incentive to meet emission reduction deadlines set out by the internationally pervasive Paris Agreement treaty, the Australian Government’s Clean Energy Regulator has introduced legislative methodologies that reward certain projects for their efforts in reducing their carbon footprint. The currency is labelled as Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs) and there are currently no methods available for concrete recycling facilities. Inspired by this neglect, this project aimed to formulate a CO2 emission calculator that identifies the net emission abatement resulting from any select concrete recycling facility. A literature review was first conducted on available legislative methodologies, baseline practices that concrete recycling counters, and CO2 emission calculators currently in use. This formulated a knowledge platform to work from. A methodology was then able to be formed, where a life cycle assessment of concrete recycling was conducted that identified the baseline operations in which concrete recycling works to reduce the industry demand of. A CO2 emission calculator was then produced that analyzed and compared the emissions resulting from fuel and electricity consumption required of concrete recycling facilities and baseline processes. Three comparative scenarios were made and found the concrete recycling facility to produce emission reductive qualities in all instances, in turn presenting the facility with eligibility for significant sums of ACCUs. The scenarios were formulated from specifically elected locations, plant types, material transport distances, and electricity consumptions of each process.

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Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current – Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Engineering (1 Jan 2022 -)
Supervisors: Elks, Gary; Ferdous, Wahid
Qualification: Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil)
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2023 22:27
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2023 01:14
Uncontrolled Keywords: emission reduction; Australia; concrete recycling; carbon credit

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