Integrated methods for establishing the sustainability of urban policies: applying Ecological Footprint to the Municipal Solid Waste management
- Autori: LA GENNUSA, M.; Peri, G.; Rizzo, G.; Marino, C.; Nucara, A.
- Anno di pubblicazione: 2018
- Tipologia: Contributo in atti di convegno pubblicato in volume
The Ecological Footprint (EF) method is applied here to assess alternative policies regarding the Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) management. This approach arises from two considerations. First, the MSW management certainly requires a great attention by politicians and technicians, due to its importance for effectively administrating and environmentally controlling urban contexts. On the other hand, the EF method, thanks to its holistic structure of analysis, supposedly provides a synthetic and effective measure of the sustainability of waste management systems, so allowing public administrations to prioritizing policies aimed at implementing environmental actions. Here the EF method is used for ranking different policies about the MSW management. The case study concerns the MSW management of Palermo and Ustica island. The suitability of this method for this purpose is assessed through the comparative environmental evaluation of the main segments composing the waste handling chain.