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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2018-04-01 - 2019-03-31

The application of a consistent and comparable methodology for waste sorting analyses is one key element for the evaluation of recycling quotas. The development of valid monitoring instruments is also stated in the European Unions´ Circular Economy Package. Ambitions to standardize sorting analyses exist for more than 15 years. The establishment of sampling plans to conduct household waste sorting analyses is a complex intersection of waste logistics, waste engineering and also statistics. Futhermore it has major impact on the relation between information yield on the one hand and expenses on the other hand. Goal of the project is to guarantee a national comparability of results gained through future sorting analyses. Therefor all Austrian provinces committed to the compliance with the guidelines of the “Leitfaden für die Durchführung von Restmüll-Sortieranalysen”. Scientific monitoring of the process allows a consistent procedure of the sampling planning. The establishment of sampling plans has pilot character and allows the evaluation of the stated scientific methodology. Empirical values are the foundation for future research and the development of existing technical standards in this field.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2018-04-01 - 2019-03-31

The application of a consistent and comparable methodology for waste sorting analyses is one key element for the evaluation of recycling quotas. The development of valid monitoring instruments is also stated in the European Unions´ Circular Economy Package. Ambitions to standardize sorting analyses exist for more than 15 years. The establishment of sampling plans to conduct household waste sorting analyses is a complex intersection of waste logistics, waste engineering and also statistics. Futhermore it has major impact on the relation between information yield on the one hand and expenses on the other hand. Goal of the project is to guarantee a national comparability of results gained through future sorting analyses. Therefor all Austrian provinces committed to the compliance with the guidelines of the “Leitfaden für die Durchführung von Restmüll-Sortieranalysen”. Scientific monitoring of the process allows a consistent procedure of the sampling planning. The establishment of sampling plans has pilot character and allows the evaluation of the stated scientific methodology. Empirical values are the foundation for future research and the development of existing technical standards in this field.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2018-04-01 - 2021-03-31

The EvEmBi project aims to evaluate different biogas plant concepts (e.g., agricultural biogas, bio-waste or wastewater treatment plants) used in Europe with respect to their methane emission factors (EF). Based on collected emission data, a quantification system for representative EFs for the biogas sector will be developed for the first time, enabling the derivation of representative EFs for the greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories. After emission quantification and identification of the major sources, emission reduction strategies will be developed, implemented, and reviewed for particular biogas plants. This results in the elaboration of a general European position paper as well as national position papers on GHG emissions and mitigation strategies. Additionally, a general European voluntary system as well as specific national voluntary systems for emission mitigation in the biogas sectors will be developed in cooperation with the involved national biogas associations. The gained knowledge will be disseminated to the European biogas community in training workshops elaborated within the project.

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