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|Title:||An operational framework for sustainability assessment including local to global impacts: Focus on waste management systems|
|Authors:||TAELMAN SUE-ELLEN; SANJUAN DELMAS DAVID; TONINI DAVIDE; DEWULF JO|
|Citation:||RESOURCES CONSERVATION AND RECYCLING vol. 2 p. 100005|
|Publisher:||ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV|
|Type:||Articles in periodicals and books|
|Abstract:||Assessing the sustainability of waste management systems (WMSs) is key to reduce the impacts incurredby human activities. The article presents the development of an operational sustainability frameworkfor the assessment of WMSs involving stakeholders and experts from different fields. The operationalframework presented achieves comprehensiveness by including multidisciplinary impacts (environmen-tal, social, and economic impacts), accounting for spatial differentiation regarding the occurrence andmagnitude of the impacts (local to global) and complementing well-established methods in life cycleassessment (LCA) with local impact assessment methods. In this respect, the assessment of social localimpacts (e.g., Odour, Landscape Disamenities), which has so far received little attention in the literature,has been included. The procedure for the definition of the operational framework is described in detail,including the selection of the impact categories and associated indicators. Finally, an aggregation methodwas defined considering the perception of stakeholders, allowing for aggregating the impact in five areasof protection (Prosperity, Human Well-Being, Human Health, Ecosystem Health and Natural Resources).|
|JRC Directorate:||Growth and Innovation|
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