Title: An operational framework for sustainability assessment including local to global impacts: Focus on waste management systems
Authors: TAELMAN SUE-ELLENSANJUAN DELMAS DAVIDTONINI DAVIDEDEWULF JO
Citation: RESOURCES CONSERVATION AND RECYCLING vol. 2 p. 100005
Publisher: ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
Publication Year: 2019
JRC N°: JRC113776
ISSN: 0921-3449 (online)
URI: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2590289X19300039?via%3Dihub
https://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC113776
DOI: 10.1016/j.rcrx.2019.100005
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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