For most countries, data on total waste in place are not available and have to be developed from waste generation rates. The total annual waste generation rate (Tg/yr) is obtained by multiplying MSW rates with population data. The following are the coefficients. Per capita MSW generation rates range from 1.7 to 1.9 kg/day for the U.S. and Canada. Per capita MSW generation rates in other developed countries are about 1.2 kg/day. For developing countries, rates are about 0.8 kg/day for urban, and 0.3 kg/day for rural areas.
Look for ways to reduce the energy consumption for heating and cooling, for example by sealing windows and doors, insulation or changing the windows. Today it is possible to build ‘carbon neutral’ houses.
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