An Australian Multi‐Regional Waste Supply‐Use Framework

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Jacob Fry

The University of Sydney

Manfred Lenzen

The University of Sydney - Center for Integrated Sustainability Analysis (ISA)

Damien Giurco

University of Technology Sydney (UTS) - Institute for Sustainable Futures

Stefan Pauliuk

University of Freiburg

Date Written: December 2016

Abstract

The production of waste creates both direct and indirect environmental impacts. A range of strategies are available to reduce the generation of waste by industry and households, and to select waste treatment approaches that minimize environmental harm. However, evaluating these strategies requires reliable and detailed data on waste production and treatment. Unfortunately, published Australian waste data are typically highly aggregated, published by a variety of entities in different formats, and do not form a complete time‐series. We demonstrate a technique for constructing a multi‐regional waste supply‐use (MRWSU) framework for Australia using information from numerous waste data sources. This is the first MRWSU framework to be constructed (to the authors' knowledge) and the first sub‐national waste input‐output framework to be constructed for Australia. We construct the framework using the Industrial Ecology Virtual Laboratory (IELab), a cloud‐hosted computational platform for building Australian multi‐regional input‐output tables. The structure of the framework complies with the System of Environmental‐Economic Accounting (SEEA). We demonstrate the use of the MRWSU framework by calculating waste footprints that enumerate the full supply chain waste production for Australian consumers.

Keywords: Australia, environmental accounting, input‐output analysis (IOA), regional, resource efficiency, waste footprint

Suggested Citation

Fry, Jacob and Lenzen, Manfred and Giurco, Damien and Pauliuk, Stefan, An Australian Multi‐Regional Waste Supply‐Use Framework (December 2016). Journal of Industrial Ecology, Vol. 20, Issue 6, pp. 1295-1305, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2894010 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jiec.12376

Jacob Fry (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney ( email )

University of Sydney
Sydney, NC NSW 2006
Australia

Manfred Lenzen

The University of Sydney - Center for Integrated Sustainability Analysis (ISA)

School of Physics, A28
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

Damien Giurco

University of Technology Sydney (UTS) - Institute for Sustainable Futures ( email )

Sydney, NSW 2007
Australia

Stefan Pauliuk

University of Freiburg ( email )

Fahnenbergplatz
Freiburg, D-79085
Germany

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