An Evaluation of Possible Causes of Rising CO₂ Emissions for Curbside Solid Waste Collection Vehicles in Mauritius

By Oomesh Gukhool, Chandradeo Bokhoree and Romeela Mohee.

Published by The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses

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The need for a suitable and efficient solid waste collection and transportation system is essential in order to minimise environmental impacts. Collection vehicles consume significant amount of diesel, engendering high CO₂ emissions as well as elevated costs. This paper focuses on the evaluation of possible causes for the rising CO₂ emissions for curbside waste collection vehicles, through the causal analysis of 6 different collection areas in Mauritius. As disclosed by the survey carried out in this research, a collection vehicle in Mauritius is likely to emit about 7 metric tons of CO₂ per annum. Hence, determining the factors influencing such a high level of emission is fundamental. The causal analysis is an effective means to identify and understand the relationships and impacts of various parameters affecting emissions for these types of vehicle.

Keywords: Solid Waste, CO₂, Collection, Environment, Causal Analysis

The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp.47-54. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.190MB).

Dr. Oomesh Gukhool

Lecturer, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Mauritius, Reduit, Mauritius

Oomesh Gukhool was born in Mauritius, and graduated with a BSc (Hons.) in Business Information System in 2005, from the University of Technology, Mauritius. He conducted his Ph.D. research at the University of Technology, Mauritius. The focus of his Ph.D. research was the waste collection optimisation using adaptive ant agents. He is presently a lecturer at the University of Mauritius.

Dr. Chandradeo Bokhoree

Senior Lecturer, School of Sustainable Development and Tourism, University of Technology, Pointe-Aux-Sables, Mauritius

Chandradeo Bokhoree, a native of Mauritius, was educated at the University of Mauritius, and at Loughborough University in UK, where he was awarded his Ph.D. in 2004. He was a research scholar at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in the USA in 2001/2003. He was a Lecturer in the School of Business Informatics and Software Engineering at the University of Technology, Mauritius until 2006, when he was appointed as Senior Lecturer. His research interests focus on the development and application of modelling techniques and adaptive technologies for sustainable development. He is currently the principle investigator on numerous consultancy projects geared towards finding practical solutions for a sustainable Mauritius.

Prof. Romeela Mohee

Professor, Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Mauritius, Reduit, Mauritius

Dr. Romeela Mohee is Professor in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the University of Mauritius, Mauritius. She is an energy engineer, with specialization in environmental engineering. Her research is focused on waste conversion processes, bioenergy, solid waste management, beneficial reuse of waste materials, heat and mass transfer modeling. She obtained her Ph.D. at the University of Mauritius in 1998 under the supervision of eminent professors from the University of Leeds (UK) and Clemson University (USA). Dr. Mohee has more than 60 international publications, several conference papers, book chapters, technical and consultancy reports, more than 10 MS and 10 ongoing Ph.D. supervisions to her credit. She is also a highly active and much solicited solid waste management expert in Mauritius and numerous Sub-Saharan countries.

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