The waste management sector, which includes collection, sorting, recycling and final treatment, generally considers itself as "green" thanks to its core business, but has a great potential for improving the environmental impact of their technologies and services.
The need to increase resource and energy efficiency is still a major concern and Life cycle approaches is a key for its improvement.
Greenwin and the cd2e work on the waste management sector.
Activities of the waste management sector can have significant impact on the environment, and this in two ways:
- Directly, through the processes of separation, treatment, and the production of Recycled Raw Materials (RRM) from waste. The environmental impacts can be significant, particularly in terms of consumption of energy, water and various chemical products, depending on the industrial process. These impacts are frequently known and studied by eco-enterprises, as this impacts directly on their activity.
- Indirectly, the transport of materials from waste producers upstream to industries using RRM downstream can have a significant environmental impact, particularly on CO2 emissions.