Are You Sure You Want to Waste Policy Chances? Waste Generation, Landfill Diversion and Environmental Policy Effectiveness in the EU15

42 Pages Posted: 23 Jul 2010

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Massimiliano Mazzanti

University of Ferrara & CERIS CNR, Italy; CESAER INRA, UMR, France

Francesco Nicolli

University of Ferrara

Valentina Iafolla

University of Ferrara

Date Written: July 21, 2010

Abstract

We empirically test delinking of waste dynamics with regard to economic growth and the effectiveness of environmental and specific waste-related policies, by exploiting a newly constructed, integrated waste-economic-policy dataset based on official data for the EU15 for 1995-2007. We find that absolute delinking for waste generation is far from being achieved in the EU despite fairly stringent and longstanding policy commitment that goes back to the mid 1990s, but which however is biased towards waste management and waste disposal rather than waste prevention. Policy as well as country structural factors seem to impact instead on landfill diversion. Nevertheless, country heterogeneity matters: SURE based analyses show that EU average figures often hide high variance. Their results provide food for thought for a future most comprehensive EU waste policy strategy, which is now aimed mainly at landfill diversion, within a framework strongly oriented to allowing countries to decide about the implementation of EU directives.

Keywords: Waste Generation, Landfill Diversion, SUR, EU Waste Policy, Environmental Policy, Delinking

JEL Classification: C23, Q38, Q56

Suggested Citation

Mazzanti, Massimiliano and Nicolli, Francesco and Iafolla, Valentina, Are You Sure You Want to Waste Policy Chances? Waste Generation, Landfill Diversion and Environmental Policy Effectiveness in the EU15 (July 21, 2010). FEEM Working Paper No. 77.2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1646308 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1646308

Massimiliano Mazzanti

University of Ferrara & CERIS CNR, Italy ( email )

via Voltapaletto, 11
Ferrara, 44100
Italy

CESAER INRA, UMR, France ( email )

via Bassini 15
Milan
Italy

Francesco Nicolli (Contact Author)

University of Ferrara ( email )

C.so Ercole I° d'Este 37
Ferrara, 44100
Italy

Valentina Iafolla

University of Ferrara

Via del Gregorio 13
Ferrara, 44100
Italy

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