Measures and indicators for the monitoring of the success of waste prevention measures (FKZ: 3715343020)

The German Circular Economy Act (KrWG), with reference to the Waste Prevention Program of the Federal and State Governments (AVP), requires the designation of appropriate benchmarks for defined waste prevention measures. These should allow the tracking of progress towards the decoupling of impacts on the environment and human health resulting from the generation of waste. The KrWG allows for the designation of quantitative or qualitative indicators, however, choosing appropriate indicators remains a particular challenge in view of the complexity and multitude of concrete waste prevention measures, the numerous waste streams concerned, and the groups of actors involved at different levels (federal government, state governments, municipalities). In addition, due to structural and cyclical economic developments, the reduction in volumes of individual waste streams cannot be directly attributed to the effects of waste prevention measures. The federal waste prevention program already identifies a number of possible indicators for individual measures, sectors or material flows. However, there are significant knowledge gaps in the extent to which these indicators can adequately depict the generation of waste or map the effects of waste prevention measures. Against this background, the project analysed possible indicators for measuring the success of waste prevention measures and assessed the suitability of these measures to evaluate the performance of the waste prevention measures put forward in the federal waste prevention program. Based on the results a set of indicators was developed, which allows a continuous monitoring of waste prevention measures.


Dirk Jepsen

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