Waste management poses complex economic, environmental and policy challenges and opportunities. With increasing populations and urbanisation, sound waste management is needed to support sustainable cities.
The transition to a circular economy poses challenges for governments and industry, including developing sustainable markets for recycled products, reducing waste and emissions, and improving environmental outcomes. The circular economy also provides substantial opportunities for job creation and innovation.
We apply the tools of economic analysis to develop practical solutions to a range of waste management policy and commercial issues for our clients, including:
- using cost benefit analysis to evaluate the impacts of waste and resource recovery policy and regulations on the community
- designing and advising on incentive mechanisms to encourage waste reduction and circular economy outcomes
- developing financial and procurement models in the waste sector
- assessing the extent of competition in waste markets
- applying behavioural economics to identify ways of achieving sustained, desired behavioural change
- analysing emissions from landfill and thermal waste-to-energy
- advising on the costs and benefits of integrating waste services with water, wastewater, recycled water, stormwater, electricity, gas and telecommunications and digital connectivity services
- advising on the economics of biogas in the context of understanding the value of gas in a hydrogen future and for power generation.