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Chartered Institution of Water and
Environmental Management (CIWEM)

106-109 Saffron Hill, London, EC1N 8QS  
Tel: 020 7831 3110 Fax: 020 7405 4967
 

Waste and Resources

CIWEM's work on waste and resources is taken forward by the Waste Management technical panel focusing on international waste policy and legislation, waste prevention and minimisation, resource issues, energy use and new technologies.

 

Reports 

Less is More - A lifecycle approach to waste prevention and resource optimisation 

Less is More.JPG   The revised EU Waste Framework Directive requires all Member States to produce waste prevention programmes by the end of 2013.

 

This report aims to assist in the production of England's waste prevention programme and also raise greater awareness that it is not solely an issue for the waste management industry.

 

Waste prevention is key to the circular economy as it designs out waste. By looking at materials at the beginning of the production process, there is the potential to prevent waste by influencing the design, production and use stages which provides opportunities for business efficiency through the better use of processes and resources. This report shows the potential for waste prevention across material lifecycles, from extraction to disposal, in a bid to show that it is not a measure for the end-of-product-life.

By tackling waste prevention we can take a holistic approach to:

  • resource efficiency - material, labour and energy savings
  • resource security - protection against price volatility and imbalances in supply, protection against economic, social and geopolitical risk
  • reducing environmental externalities - greenhouse gas emissions, water use, land use, energy use, embodied carbon, toxicity and amenity from less need for virgin materials
  • improved national competitiveness - exporting knowledge on design and processes, anticipating scarcity driven price rises

 

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Chartered Institution of Water and
Environmental Management (CIWEM)

106-109 Saffron Hill, London, EC1N 8QS  
Tel: 020 7831 3110 Fax: 020 7405 4967

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