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The capability of existing wastewater treatment plants to be energy self-sufficient and comply with the strict emissions regulation in The Netherlands.

Alfaizi, A.R.S. (2017) The capability of existing wastewater treatment plants to be energy self-sufficient and comply with the strict emissions regulation in The Netherlands.

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Abstract:The aim of this research is to study if existing Wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) in the Netherlands are capable of being energy self-sufficient and at the same time comply with the strict emission-regulations. Furthermore to study the circumstances and factors that influence the decision-makers to actually implement options towards energy self-sufficiency. In order to reach the research goals, data are collected and analyzed. Both secondary and primary data are used. The secondary data are derived from WWTPs documents, energy management documents, documents from national governance networks and documents in the field of emissions policies and regulations. The primary data of this research are derived by conducting in-depth interviews with decision makers of three water boards. To analyze circumstances and factors that influence decision-makers in a structured manner, a theoretical framework is used. The Contextual Interaction Theory offers a scheme that orders circumstances and factors in layers of context surrounding the decision-arena in which actors based on their cognitions (what actors know), motivations (what to reach out for, and when) and resources (what they are able of) interact and take decisions. This analysis supports conclusions and recommendations. The result of this research shows that being energy self-sufficient for existing WWTPs (or water boards) in the Netherlands is possible and it within reach for the short or long term, depending on different factors that influence the decision-makers. These factors are the scale, the cost, the national government pressure and the uncertainty with the future discharge regulations.
Item Type:Essay
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general
Programme:Environmental and Energy Management MSc (69319)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/73874
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