This HOLIWAST STREP proposal intends to give direct decision making tools and policy support in the field of waste management, particularly effective but low cost waste treatment technologies, by applying tailor made assessment tools such as life-cycle-oriented Cost-Benefit-Analysis (CBA) and Cost-Effectiveness-Analysis (CEA). The scope of research includes currently applied legislation as well as EC communications and strategies relevant to the field of waste management. The assessments are partly based on FP5 research activities gathered in the European Urban Waste Management Cluster (EUWMC). One major outcome in that respect is the comprehensive AWAST simulator, which will serve for the assessment of integrated waste management systems in contrasted areas. More precisely, the objectives of the proposed project are: i) a multidisciplinary comparison of different waste management technologies; ii) three case studies showing how to identify the most appropriate technologies within an integrated waste management framework for different socio-economic contexts; iii) an evaluation of policy instruments for promoting these technologies and support decision-makers in waste management. The partnership composed to realise these objectives consists of partners from 7 countries (A, D, DK, F, I, PL and S) and an Advisory group with well recognised key actors in the field (OECD, EEB, the Austrian Federal Environment Ministry etc). The workplan comprises work-packages linked to the assessment of the contrasted management systems on Policy Instruments, Waste Treatment Technologies, Performance of the 3 case studies, Environmental efficiency of the 3 cases and Socio-economic consequences of the 3 case studies. The outcomes of these work-packages will derive in direct decision support and valorisation of the results, presented to the European Public in a final policy workshop in Poland.
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