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Waste Management and the Green Economy

Law and Policy Edited by Katharina Kummer Peiry, Owner and Principal of the consulting firm Kummer Ecoconsult, Andreas R. Ziegler, Professor and Jorun Baumgartner, Research Fellow, Université de Lausanne, Switzerland
Can waste become a profitable business rather than a costly problem, creating green business opportunities and green jobs while protecting the environment? Might this reduce illegal trade and improper recycling of hazardous wastes by making the legitimate alternatives more attractive? Addressing these questions, this book examines environmentally sound waste management as a driver in the transition to a green economy, and discusses how this transition is challenged by technical limitations, weak regulatory environments and lack of financial incentives.
Extent: 256 pp
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Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 978 1 78347 380 9
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Can waste become a profitable business rather than a costly problem, creating green business opportunities and green jobs while protecting the environment? Might this reduce illegal trade and improper recycling of hazardous wastes by making the legitimate alternatives more attractive? Addressing these questions, this book examines environmentally sound waste management as a driver in the transition to a green economy, and discusses how this transition is challenged by technical limitations, weak regulatory environments and lack of financial incentives.

This in-depth analysis of the link between waste management and a green economy identifies key elements of a solid overarching legal and policy framework that could address these challenges, noting that consistent implementation and enforcement is crucial. It complements its examination of the legal and policy issues with contributions on technical and economic aspects, taking into account the interdisciplinary nature of the problem, and offers a perspective from Asia, where the challenges of waste management as well as the possible opportunities are particularly significant.

With interdisciplinary authorship and contributions drawn from academia and practice, this book will be a timely resource for academics and practitioners in the areas of law, policy and economics. It will also provide insights for civil servants engaged in waste policy and related areas, private sector operators engaged in waste management and sustainable development, and non-governmental organizations engaged in environmental protection and poverty reduction efforts.
Contributors: J. Baumgartner, M. Grosz, T. Hardman Reis, K. Kummer Peiry, J. Li, J. North, P. Portas, R. Rayfuse, M. Schluep, X. Sun, J. Voïnov Kohler, V. Weick, B. Zhu, A. R. Ziegler
























Contents:

Introduction
Andreas R. Ziegler, Katharina Kummer Peiry and Jorun Baumgartner

PART I RESOURCE AND ENERGY RECOVERY FROM WASTES IN INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW AND POLICY
1 Principles of International Environmental Law Applicable to Waste Management
Rosemary Rayfuse

2. Waste and International Law: Towards a Resource-based Approach?
Tarcísio Hardman Reis

3. Recycling and Resource Recovery under the Basel Convention: Historical Analysis and Outlook
Pierre Portas

4. A Paradigm Shift under the Basel Convention on Hazardous Wastes
Juliette Voïnov Kohler

5. Transboundary Movements of Wastes and End-of-Life Goods under WTO Law
Mirina Grosz

PART 2: GREENING THE ECONOMY THROUGH WASTE MANAGEMENT
6. Green Economy and Sustainable Development
Vera Weick

7. Resource Recovery from Electric and Electronic Waste
Mathias Schluep

8. Landfill Gas-to-Energy as a Contribution to Greenhouse Gas Reduction
Jessica North

9. Opportunities for Economically and Environmentally Sound Energy and Resource Recovery in Asia
Jinhui Li, Xiaofei Sun and Baoli Zhu

Conclusions
Katharina Kummer Peiry, Andreas R. Ziegler and Jorun Baumgartner

Index