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Co-benefits evaluation tool for urban waste management


The co-benefits evaluation tool for urban waste management evaluates the environmental impacts including greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and air pollutants accompanied by energy implications and cost-benefit analysis of the various waste management strategies by means of a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). This approach is used to consider coordination of a number of actions to recover material and energy and to reduce environmental impact through Integrated Waste Management System (IWMS).

Key questions addressed:

  • How can policies that change the composition of waste reduce GHG and non-GHG emissions?

Sample data inputs:

  • Waste generation rate
  • Population
  • Waste distribution through the different treatment technologies
  • Total waste composition
  • Infiltration rate
  • Price of electricity
  • Price of oil barrel
  • Lifetime

Sample quantitative outputs:

  • Annual waste volume
  • Annual total GHG emissions
  • Overall waste composition
  • Annual electricity production
  • Annual heat production
  • Benefit Cost Ratio (BCR)
  • Payback Period (PBP)

Resources:

Urban waste management co-benefits evaluation tool guidebook.

Tool Summary

Cost:
  • Free
Expertise Required:
  • Simple
Geographic Scope:
  • Local
Activities/Scale:
  • Policy
Impacts Assessed:
  • Economic
    • General
  • Environmental
    • Air
    • Greenhouse Gases