The overall aim of the study was to identify and evaluate the problems and challenges getting in the way of sustainable investments within waste management in the Baltic Sea region and to identify possible solutions to the identified problems. The results are to be used as input to the joint strategy as part of the Reco Baltic 21 Tech project.
Today the municipalities and regions in the Baltic sea region (BSR) lack a long-term strategic direction for waste management investments, based on life cycle cost analyses, as well as full access to experts, technologies, best practice, competence and experience. Furthermore the present lack of cooperation within the region and coordination in waste management leads to lost opportunities for using more efficient large-scale technology, a risk of overcapacity in investment in treatment facilities but also to decreased possibilities of attracting EU and other funding for waste system infrastructure investments. The above mentioned problems were some of the reasons why the RECO Baltic 21 Tech project was launched in 2010. One way to overcome these problems is to develop a joint strategy for the region. The overall aim of such strategy is to lower transaction costs for project development, reducing risks for implementation and ensuring cross-regional fertilization of ideas and competences within waste management in the region. For the strategy to be useful to overcome today´s problem, the problems must be concretized to a greater extent than today. Furthermore, possible solutions to overcome present problems must be identified.
Coworkers: Åsa Stenmarck
Authors: Åsa Stenmarck