Title: Supporting Environmentally Sound Decisions for Waste Management with LCT & LCA
Authors: MANFREDI SIMONEPANT RanaPENNINGTON DavidVERSMANN Andreas
Citation: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT vol. 16 no. 9 p. 937-939
Publisher: SPRINGER HEIDELBERG
Publication Year: 2011
JRC Publication N°: JRC67257
ISSN: 0948-3349
URI: http://www.springerlink.com/content/426755483237m323/
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC67257
DOI: 10.1007/s11367-011-0315-5
Type: Articles in Journals
Abstract: The amount of waste generated in Europe and, beyond, by our production and consumption patterns is significant. A proper waste management is essential in order to reduce detrimental environmental impacts. For the European Union, the general principles of good waste management are outlined in the Waste Framework Directive (2008/98/EC). This directive establishes a five-step hierarchy of waste management, starting with the preferred option of waste prevention, followed by preparing waste for re-use, recycling and other recovery, with disposal (such as landfill) as the last resort. The European Commission (EC) encourages the use of Life Cycle Thinking (LCT) to complement the waste hierarchy for a more environmentally sound and factual support to decision-making in waste management. This has led to the development of a set of guidelines, tailored to the needs of different target audiences, which help apply LCT and quantitative tools such as Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to waste management systems and strategies. The main aim of this paper is to present these guidelines, while also providing a structured overview on existing waste management criteria (e.g., the waste hierarchy), concepts and tools.
JRC Institute:Institute for Environment and Sustainability

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