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The link between e-waste and GDP—new insights from data from the pan-European region

The link between e-waste and GDP—new insights from data from the pan-European region

Kucsh, Sigrid and Hills, Colin (2017) The link between e-waste and GDP—new insights from data from the pan-European region. Resources, 6 (2):15. ISSN 2079-9276 (Print), 2079-9276 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.3390/resources6020015)

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Abstract

Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is difficult to sustainably manage. One key issue is the challenge of planning for WEEE flows as current and future quantities of waste are difficult to predict. To address this, WEEE generation and gross domestic product (GDP) data from 50 countries of the pan-European region were assessed. A high economic elasticity was identified, indicating that WEEE and GDP are closely interlinked. More detailed analyses revealed that GDP at purchasing power parity (GDP PPP) is a more meaningful measure when looking at WEEE flows, as a linear dependency between WEEE generation and GDP PPP was identified. This dependency applies to the whole region, regardless of the conomic developmental stage of individual countries. In the pan-European region, an increase of 1000 international $ GDP PPP means an additional 0.5 kg WEEE is generated that requires management.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: WEEE, electrical and electronic waste, estimation of WEEE flows, gross domestic product, GDP at purchasing power parity, economic elasticity, decoupling
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Department of Engineering Science
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2019 12:44
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: GREAT 3
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/24075

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