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Use of materials balances to estimate aggregate waste generation and waste reduction potential in the U.S (RV of 1993/12/ENV/TM)

Author: Ayres, Robert U. ; Ayres, Leslie W.INSEAD Area: Economics and Political Science Series: Working Paper ; 93/33/EPS (revised version of 1993/12/EPS/ENV/TM) Publisher: Fontainebleau : INSEAD Centre for the Management of Environmental and Social Responsibility (CMER) 1993.Language: EnglishDescription: 29 p.Type of document: INSEAD Working Paper Online Access: Click here Abstract: The paper is a systematic derivation of aggregate production wastes for the US economy (c. 1988). Each industrial sector is thought of as a transformation process, converting material (and energy) inputs and outputs. Both inputs and outputs are published in well-established government statistics, with rare exceptions. This makes it possible to use the materials-balance methodology by comparing aggregate inputs and outputs... We compare the results of this "bottom up" approach with other estimates of waste residuals. in several cases, significant discrepancies have been identified. However, the major value of this approach is to clearly distinguish between dry and wet wastes... The data used is sufficiently standard so that it should be possible for a government agency to compile and present these data on a routine basis. Where there are major differences with other sources (including direct measures) the underlying data probably need revision Previous title: Use of materials balances to estimate aggregate waste generation and waste reduction potential in the U.S - Ayres, Robert U.;Ayres, Leslie W. - 1993 - INSEAD Working Paper
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The paper is a systematic derivation of aggregate production wastes for the US economy (c. 1988). Each industrial sector is thought of as a transformation process, converting material (and energy) inputs and outputs. Both inputs and outputs are published in well-established government statistics, with rare exceptions. This makes it possible to use the materials-balance methodology by comparing aggregate inputs and outputs... We compare the results of this "bottom up" approach with other estimates of waste residuals. in several cases, significant discrepancies have been identified. However, the major value of this approach is to clearly distinguish between dry and wet wastes... The data used is sufficiently standard so that it should be possible for a government agency to compile and present these data on a routine basis. Where there are major differences with other sources (including direct measures) the underlying data probably need revision

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