Issues and Options in waste management: a social cost-benefit analysis of waste-to-energy in the UK

Jamasb, Tooraj and Nepal, Rabindra (2010) Issues and Options in waste management: a social cost-benefit analysis of waste-to-energy in the UK. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 54 12: 1341-1352. doi:10.1016/j.resconrec.2010.05.004

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Author Jamasb, Tooraj
Nepal, Rabindra
Title Issues and Options in waste management: a social cost-benefit analysis of waste-to-energy in the UK
Journal name Resources, Conservation and Recycling   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0921-3449
1879-0658
Publication date 2010-10-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.resconrec.2010.05.004
Volume 54
Issue 12
Start page 1341
End page 1352
Total pages 12
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Abstract The growing stream of municipal solid waste (MSW) requires a sustainable waste management strategy. At the same time, addressing climate change and security of energy supply concerns requires increased use of low-carbon and domestic sources of energy. This paper assesses the economic and environmental aspects of waste management options focusing on waste-to-energy (WtE) as a renewable resource. We discuss how WtE and recycling are compatible as waste treatment options. The paper then presents a social cost-benefit analysis of selected waste management scenarios for the UK focusing on specific waste management targets and carbon prices and compares them with coal-fired electricity. The results indicate that meeting the waste management targets of the EU Directive are socially more cost-effective than the current practice. The cost-effectiveness improves substantially with higher carbon prices. The findings show that WtE can be an important part of both waste management strategy and renewable energy policy although achieving the full potential of WtE requires development of heat delivery networks.
Keyword Electricity
Renewable energy
Waste-to-energy (WtE)
Waste management
Municipal solid waste (MSW)
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Economics Publications
 
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