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Environment - Understanding the environment and the impacts of green technologies
“To provide a comprehensive analysis of available and emerging technologies for the management of waste, taking account of social, economic and environmental factors.”

The problem

Increasing waste production, fuelled by economic growth, poses a major challenge in environmental, social and economic terms. It also has implications for health. The effective treatment and management of waste is a critical factor in achieving sustainable development but general awareness of waste treatment technologies and approaches, and their impact in different contexts, varies greatly from one Member State to another. There is a need for sound analysis and comparison of available and emerging technologies and waste management systems, allowing accurate assessment by decision-makers of the best options available to them. 

HOLIWAST  Analysis of available and emerging technologies for effective waste treatment


HOLIWAST will aim to enhance the treatment and management of waste in Europe by providing holistic analysis and decision-making support at local and regional level. In particular, the project will carry out:

  • a multidisciplinary comparison of existing and emerging waste treatment technologies, applying tools such as cost-benefit analyses (CBA) and cost-effectiveness analyses (CEA)
  • case studies of integrated waste management systems taking account of economic, environmental and social factors, identifying the most appropriate technologies in different contexts
  • an evaluation of policy instruments and their application

Contribution to policy development:

  • Provision of a tool to assess waste treatment technologies in a wide context
  • Guidelines and recommendations for the use of results from case studies
  • Priority criteria for best practice determination
  • Criteria for benchmarking of available and emerging technologies

Project deliverables

  • Recommendations for effective implementation of policy instruments for waste management – Month 23
  • Report on waste management options – Month 9
  • Three ‘case studies’ evaluating the CBE/CEA of selected waste management systems and their socio-economic impact – in stages from months 12 to 18
  • Report on raising public awareness and participation – Month 24
  • Article summarising criteria and best practice recommendations for waste management policy-making at local, regional and national levels – Month 24
  • European conference and publication of proceedings – Month 23


  • Website (Month 3)
  • Interaction with existing networks – ongoing
  • Use of existing newsletters at national, regional and local levels – regular
  • Publication of papers and articles of various kinds – regular
  • Workshop reports – regular
  • Organisation of an international conference on EU Waste Policy – Month 23
  • Mid-term and final report – Months 13 and 24 respectively

Technical information

Project acronym: HOLIWAST
Project’s official full title: HOLIstic assessment of WASTe management technologies
Research priority: 1.6. Assessment of environmental technologies for support of policy decisions, in particular concerning effective but low-cost technologies in the context of fulfilling environmental legislation
Specific webpage: Not yet available
Proposal/contract no: 006509
Start date: Not available
Kick off meeting: Not available
Completion date: Not available
European Commission scientific officer: Not available

Name: Bureau de Recherches Geologiques et Minières
Abbreviated name: BRGM
Address: 3, avenue Claude Guillemin
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Country: France
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Name: Bureau de Recherche Geologiques et Minieres
Abbreviated name: BRGM
Country: France

Name: Institute for International and European Environmental Policy
Abbreviated name: ECOLOGIC
Country: Germany

Name: Sculoa Agraria del Parco di Monza
Abbreviated name: SAPM
Country: Italy

Name: Institute for Water Quality and Waste Management, Technical University of Vienna
Abbreviated name: TU Vienna
Country: Austria

Name: International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics, University of Lund
Abbreviated name: IIIEE - ULund
Country: Sweden

Name: 2.0 LCA Consultants
Abbreviated name: 2.0 LCA
Country: Denmark

Name: Główny Instytut Górnictwa Central Mining Institute Poland
Abbreviated name: GIG
Country: Poland