SESSION E12 / 13 October 2023 / 09:00 - 10:30
Workshop: Tools for evaluating the real convenience of recycled materials
Coordinated by: Maria Cristina Lavagnolo, Giovanni Beggio (IT)
Organised by: WE-Waste End project, MICS (Made in Italy – Circular and Sustainable) Extended Partnership
Received funding from Next-GenerationEU (Italian PNRR – M4 C2, Invest 1.3 – D.D.1551.11-10-2022, PE00000004)
Despite being promoted as a key tool to ease the transition to a circular economy, the definition of unique and centralised EU End-of-waste criteria was not as successful as planned. First, the process is currently decentralised and left to the local authorities, which lack the capacity to identify the qualitative and quantitative information needed for its definition and assessment. Further, no data are always available to base decision on the real convenience of recycled products when compared to the life cycle of nonrecycled ones. To tackle these challenges, a research project started under the MICS (Made in Italy – Circular and Sustainable) Extended Partnership and received funding from Next-GenerationEU (Italian PNRR) trying to: identify the body of fundamental knowledge that should be generated to support the proposition of realistic End-of-Waste criteria; discuss on how the results of life cycle thinking (LCT) analysis could play a role in dispelling the fog on the convenience of recycled products.