Workshop on Waste Economics

Sliperiet, Room “White Box”
May 8th, 2018, 09:00 – 16:00

The workshop on waste economics will address issues relating to municipal waste management. The focus will be on the waste hierarchy and how environmental effects and sustainability can be worked into a social welfare framework. At the very heart of the discussion will be the question of how fast we should climb the waste hierarchy ladder. The workshop will also address the importance of considering incentive structures and market dynamics when designing policies aiming for a circular economy. For more information about the presentations, see the attached program.

The workshop targets a broad audience and constitutes a platform where researchers and stakeholders can meet and exchange ideas. All presentations and discussion will be in English.

Sign up for the workshop by sending an e-mail to Den här e-postadressen skyddas mot spambots. Du måste tillåta JavaScript för att se den. no later than April 30. Please indicate if you have any special preferences regarding lunch (vegetarian, allergies etc). The seats are limited to around 50.

The Green Technology and Environmental Economics Research and Collaboration Platform focus on interdisciplinary research and development by integrating environmental system analysis, process integration and environmental economics expertise. The platform focuses on environmental analyses and relates to Sweden’s environmental quality objectives and the development of sustainable cities. The platform is a joint initiative from Umeå University and the Umeå Municipality Companies Umeå Energi, VAKIN and Dåva DAC.


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