The table applies only to the power plant itself. Preceding processes must be considered separately. The basic types of potential pollution are listed regardless of the extent to which they are compensated for through technical countermeasures. The dots indicate the pollution. The number of dots signifies the comparative pollution of the energy sources so that within a row, the energy sources can be weighted by type of pollution. Dots in parentheses indicate differences for plants with very different designs. Not all emissions are waste. Desulphurization results in gypsum as a commodity. Ash and slag can also be used.
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Detailed information on the topic can be found in the “Waste and emissions” information sheet, which highlights, for example, the technical countermeasures to compensate for possible pollution.
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