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Environmental Assessment of Possible Future Waste Management Scenarios
Division of Environmental Strategies Research, Department of Sustainable development, Environmental Science and Engineering, School of Architecture and Built Environment, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.
Division of Environmental Strategies Research, Department of Sustainable development, Environmental Science and Engineering, School of Architecture and Built Environment, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.ORCID-id: 0000-0002-2881-6816
Högskolan i Gävle, Akademin för teknik och miljö, Avdelningen för bygg- energi- och miljöteknik, Miljöteknik.ORCID-id: 0000-0002-5661-2917
Division of Environmental Strategies Research, Department of Sustainable development, Environmental Science and Engineering, School of Architecture and Built Environment, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.ORCID-id: 0000-0002-5600-0726
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2017 (engelsk)Inngår i: Energies, ISSN 1996-1073, E-ISSN 1996-1073, Vol. 10, nr 2, artikkel-id 247Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert) Published
Abstract [en]

Waste management has developed in many countries and will continue to do so. Changes towards increased recovery of resources in order to meet climate targets and for society to transition to a circular economy are important driving forces. Scenarios are important tools for planning and assessing possible future developments and policies. This paper presents a comprehensive life cycle assessment (LCA) model for environmental assessments of scenarios and waste management policy instruments. It is unique by including almost all waste flows in a country and also allow for including waste prevention. The results show that the environmental impacts from future waste management scenarios in Sweden can differ a lot. Waste management will continue to contribute with environmental benefits, but less so in the more sustainable future scenarios, since the surrounding energy and transportation systems will be less polluting and also because less waste will be produced. Valuation results indicate that climate change, human toxicity and resource depletion are the most important environmental impact categories for the Swedish waste management system. Emissions of fossil CO2 from waste incineration will continue to be a major source of environmental impacts in these scenarios. The model is used for analyzing environmental impacts of several policy instruments including weight based collection fee, incineration tax, a resource tax and inclusion of waste in a green electricity certification system. The effect of the studied policy instruments in isolation are in most cases limited, suggesting that stronger policy instruments as well as combinations are necessary to reach policy goals as set out in for example the EU action plan on circular economy.

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2017. Vol. 10, nr 2, artikkel-id 247
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waste management; life cycle assessment (LCA); environmental assessment; scenario assessment; waste policy assessment
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-24324DOI: 10.3390/en10020247ISI: 000395469200101Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85030786958OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-24324DiVA, id: diva2:1110929
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Swedish Environmental Protection AgencyTilgjengelig fra: 2017-06-16 Laget: 2017-06-16 Sist oppdatert: 2018-03-13bibliografisk kontrollert

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