Using science to see which countries are following through on Paris climate change goals

Read the full story in the Los Angeles Times. If the United States and its fellow Paris Agreement signatories are to meet global climate targets, they’re going to have to make serious commitments that attack the problem on multiple fronts, including reducing coal use, raising renewable energy, accelerating carbon-capture technologies and electrifying more of our …

Policy and Program Impact Estimator: A Materials Recovery Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Calculator for Communities

EPA developed a calculator that expands the Waste Reduction Model (WARM) framework to include a community's existing waste stream and policy and program options. This Excel spreadsheet calculator is designed to help municipalities, counties, and tribes estimate reductions in life cycle GHGs from implementing new or expanded solid waste policies and programs in their communities. …

Do We Have the Right Performance Indicators for the Circular Economy?: Insight into the Swiss Waste Management System

Haupt, M., Vadenbo, C. and Hellweg, S. (2016), Do We Have the Right Performance Indicators for the Circular Economy?: Insight into the Swiss Waste Management System. Journal of Industrial Ecology. doi:10.1111/jiec.12506 [Open access article] Abstract: A material flow analysis of the 2012 Swiss waste management system is presented, highlighting the material content available from waste. …

Why sustainability metrics fail to measure achievement, and how to fix them

Read the full post at GreenBiz. Most major corporations have adopted public reporting to communicate their performance in moving to sustainable management of their business. These reports reveal the companies’ total impact in terms of resource consumption and waste generation as well as normalized versions that attempt to convey corporate improvement in using resources and …

Why Measuring Waste GHG Emissions Matters

Read the full story in Environmental Leader. Accounting for greenhouse gas emissions from waste isn’t as straightforward as, say, measuring those from corporate fleets. But as stakeholders increasingly demand companies reduce their carbon footprint — and firms seek zero-waste accreditation — tracking and disclosing waste GHG emissions is key. To help companies track more accurate …