We empirically test delinking of waste dynamics with regard to economic growth and the effectiveness of environmental and specific waste-related policies, by exploiting a newly constructed, integrated waste-economic-policy dataset based on official data for the EU15 for 1995-2007. We find that absolute delinking is far from being achieved in the EU despite fairly stringent and longstanding policy commitment that goes back to the mid 1990s, but which however is biased towards waste management and waste disposal rather than waste prevention. Policy as well as country structural factors seem to impact on landfill diversion. Nevertheless, country heterogeneity matters: SURE based analyses show that EU average figures often hide high variance. Their results provide food for thought for a new EU waste policy strategy aimed mainly at landfill diversion and delinking, within a framework strongly oriented to allowing countries to decide about the implementation of EU directives.
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|Titolo:||Waste Dynamics, Country Heterogeneity and European Environmental Policy Effectiveness|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2012|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||03.1 Articolo su rivista|