Sustainability Potential Analysis (SPA) of landfills: a systemic approach: initial application towards a legal landfill assessment

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Sustainability Potential Analysis (SPA) of landfills : a systemic approach: initial application towards a legal landfill assessment. / Lang, Daniel Johannes; Binder, Claudia R.; Scholz, Roland W. et al.

In: Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol. 15, No. 17, 01.11.2007, p. 1654-1661.

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title = "Sustainability Potential Analysis (SPA) of landfills: a systemic approach: initial application towards a legal landfill assessment",
abstract = "Assessing landfills in terms of sustainable development (SD) is a difficult task. Landfills might, for example, remain reactive for hundreds or even thousands of years, a fact that conflicts with the fundamental SD principle of inter-generative equity. The Sustainability Potential Analysis (SPA) is a comprehensive assessment approach that aims at assessing the potential of a system to hinder or support SD from a systemic perspective. In this paper, we present an initial operationalization of this approach for a pragmatic legal landfill assessment and its application to assess two prototypic Swiss landfills as part of a pilot study. Thereby, the six generic criteria of SPA are specified using 18 Functional Key Variables (FKVs), such as {"}control of pollutant release{"} or {"}resilience to intended human impacts.{"} The first results from the pilot study indicate that SPA and its generic criteria provide a purposeful guiding framework for achieving a systemic and comprehensive SD assessment that seems (i) to be feasible for practical application, (ii) sensitive for relevant SD issues, and (iii) transparent for the addressees of the assessment results.",
keywords = "Sustainability sciences, Communication, sustainablity Potential Analysis (SPA), Landfill assessment, Sustainable development, systemic perspective, pilot study",
author = "Lang, {Daniel Johannes} and Binder, {Claudia R.} and Scholz, {Roland W.} and Arnim Wiek and Beat St{\"a}ubli and Christian Sieber",
note = "Funding Information: The authors wish to thank all waste management experts that have contributed with their knowledge to this pilot study; the three anonymous reviewers for their critical comments that essentially improved the quality of the article; the members of the TCSR group at ETH Zurich for their support; and the AWEL Amt f{\"u}r Abfall, Wasser, Energie und Luft (environmental protection agency) of the Canton Zurich for funding the study as part of a cooperative project with the Institute for Environmental Decisions at ETH Zurich.",
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AU - Scholz, Roland W.

AU - Wiek, Arnim

AU - Stäubli, Beat

AU - Sieber, Christian

N1 - Funding Information: The authors wish to thank all waste management experts that have contributed with their knowledge to this pilot study; the three anonymous reviewers for their critical comments that essentially improved the quality of the article; the members of the TCSR group at ETH Zurich for their support; and the AWEL Amt für Abfall, Wasser, Energie und Luft (environmental protection agency) of the Canton Zurich for funding the study as part of a cooperative project with the Institute for Environmental Decisions at ETH Zurich.

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N2 - Assessing landfills in terms of sustainable development (SD) is a difficult task. Landfills might, for example, remain reactive for hundreds or even thousands of years, a fact that conflicts with the fundamental SD principle of inter-generative equity. The Sustainability Potential Analysis (SPA) is a comprehensive assessment approach that aims at assessing the potential of a system to hinder or support SD from a systemic perspective. In this paper, we present an initial operationalization of this approach for a pragmatic legal landfill assessment and its application to assess two prototypic Swiss landfills as part of a pilot study. Thereby, the six generic criteria of SPA are specified using 18 Functional Key Variables (FKVs), such as "control of pollutant release" or "resilience to intended human impacts." The first results from the pilot study indicate that SPA and its generic criteria provide a purposeful guiding framework for achieving a systemic and comprehensive SD assessment that seems (i) to be feasible for practical application, (ii) sensitive for relevant SD issues, and (iii) transparent for the addressees of the assessment results.

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