The method allows for a sustainability assessment of options to remediate contaminated sites. It is based on a cost-effectiveness analysis and relies on a hierarchy of objectives, goals and indicator categories to measure performance which was formed in consultation with the relevant stakeholder groups. The objectives were developed from sustainability principles, including maximising the environmental, socio-economic and technology-related benefits. Since 2012 the application of the method is mandatory when requesting resources from the Austrian National Remediation Fund.
Plastic waste is a valuable secondary resource. Many different recycling and recovery options are available. But how can we identify the optimal way of utilisation for a specific plastic waste stream? LCA and Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) are scientific tools which help to answer this question. Harald Pilz presented the results of a recent study at the Identiplast conference on April 29th in Rome.
The paper has been selected recently for inclusion in "Science for Environment Policy", the European Commission`s environmental news service for policy makers.