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Initiating Transitions of Swiss Municipal Solid Waste Management (InTraWaste)

English title Initiating Transitions of Swiss Municipal Solid Waste Management (InTraWaste)
Applicant Stauffacher Michael
Number 153851
Funding scheme NRP 70 Energy Turnaround
Research institution Transdisciplinarity Lab - USYS TdLab Departement Umweltsystemwissenschaften ETH Zürich
Institution of higher education ETH Zurich - ETHZ
Main discipline Other disciplines of Environmental Sciences
Start/End 01.10.2014 - 31.05.2018
Approved amount 303'381.00
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Keywords (8)

Conjoint analysis; Scenario analysis; Waste; Social network analysis; Resources; Future workshop; Sustainability transitions; Expert workshop

Lay Summary (French)

Lead
Le projet identifiera les facteurs humains de la transition de la gestion actuelle des déchets solides urbains (DSU) vers différentes formes optimisées de cette gestion. Les acteurs de la politique, de l’industrie et de la société civile concernés par la gestion des DSU, leurs relations, leurs intérêts personnels, priorités et préférences sont ainsi l’objet principal de la recherche. Le résultat du projet sera une feuille de route vers une gestion optimisée des DSU comprenant des projets pilotes à entreprendre, des textes législatifs à adapter, des organisations à mettre en place, etc.
Lay summary

Suite à la décision du Parlement de sortir du nucléaire en 2011, le Conseil Fédéral a adopté la Stratégie énergétique 2050. La gestion des DSU a le potentiel de contribuer à cet important tournant, par exemple en augmentant le rendement énergétique de la valorisation thermique des DSU ou en recourant à la collecte séparée des déchets organiques pour la production de biogaz. Tandis que la nature de telles mesures est technique, leur mise en œuvre est fortement conditionnée par des facteurs humains. Le but du projet est d’identifier les acteurs influents de la gestion des DSU, d’analyser les facteurs humains de la transition vers une gestion optimisée des DSU et d’établir les priorités des acteurs influents quant aux facteurs de la transition. Lors d’un workshop, les acteurs influents traduiront ces facteurs en initiatives concrètes, par exemple l’adaptation de textes législatifs, et s’engageront à les réaliser.

Le projet contribuera à une meilleure compréhension des processus de transition par les acteurs et chercheurs. L’approche méthodologique développée pour élaborer de manière structurée et transparente une feuille de route pourra être appliquée à d’autres secteurs industriels.

Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 15.10.2014

Responsible applicant and co-applicants

Employees

Publications

Publication
Discourse coalitions in Swiss waste management: gridlock or winds of change?
Duygan Mert, Stauffacher Michael, Meylan Grégoire (2018), Discourse coalitions in Swiss waste management: gridlock or winds of change?, in Waste management (New York, N.Y.), 72, 25-44.

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
Chair for Policy Analysis, University of Bern Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Dr. Evelina Trutnevyte, SCCER-Supply of Electricity, ETH Zurich Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Natural Resource Policy Group, ETH Zurich Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Network Industry Management, EPF Lausanne Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Prof. Dr. Harald Rohracher, Department of Thematic Studies, Linkoeping University Sweden (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Prof. Dr. Aya Kachi, Political Economics of Energy Policy, University of Basel Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Energy Economics Group, Paul-Scherrer Institute Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Energy Science Center, ETH Zurich Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Dr. Christian Binz, Eawag, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Dr. Yann Blumer, School of Management and Law, ZHAW Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Center for Industrial Ecology, Yale University United States of America (North America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Prof. Bernhard Truffer, Environmental Social Sciences, Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
PhD Defense Individual talk An actor-based analysis of political context for supporting the sustainability transitions of socio-technical systems: A study of Swiss waste management 06.07.2018 Zurich, Switzerland Duygan Mert;
Group Seminar of Politcal Economics of Energy Policy at Universtiy of Basel Individual talk Conceptualizing and analysing the determinants of agency: A study of Swiss waste management 03.05.2018 Basel, Switzerland Duygan Mert;
2nd PhDs in Transitions Conference Talk given at a conference Exploring the interdependencies between actors and structural elements: combining cross-impact balance analysis with actor analysis 27.04.2018 Lausanne, Switzerland Duygan Mert;
ESS Seminar Individual talk Actors and Agency in Sustainability Transitions: A Study of Swiss Waste Management 24.11.2017 Zurich, Switzerland Duygan Mert;
IST 2017: Taking the lead in real world transitions Talk given at a conference Towards effective governance of socio-technical transitions: A heuristic for the analysis of agency 18.06.2017 Gothenburg, Sweden Stauffacher Michael; Duygan Mert;
7th International Sustainability Transitions (IST) Conference Talk given at a conference Tracing the origins and articulation of power in the on-going transition of Swiss Waste Management 06.09.2016 Wuppertal, Germany Stauffacher Michael; Duygan Mert;
7th International Sustainability Transitions (IST) Conference Talk given at a conference Analyzing the discourse in policy change: implications for the governance of transitions in Swiss Municipal Solid Waste Management. 06.09.2016 Wuppertal, Germany Stauffacher Michael; Duygan Mert;
2016 Gordon Research Conference on Industrial Ecology: Opportunities for the Critical Decade – Decoupling Well-Being from Environmental Pressures and Impacts Poster Designing decision tools for industrial ecology requires analyzing relevant decision processes 19.06.2016 Stowe, VT, United States of America Meylan Grégoire;
10th Swiss Energy Research Conference Poster wastEturn - A project implemented in the framework of SNF’s National Research Program 70 “Energy Turnaround” 14.04.2016 Lucerne, Switzerland Meylan Grégoire; Stauffacher Michael; Duygan Mert;
Life Cycle Management 2015 Poster Optimizing Swiss waste management to support the energy turnaround 30.08.2015 Bordeaux, France Duygan Mert;


Knowledge transfer events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Date Place Persons involved
NFP/Volteface Workshop: Society and Energy Sharing expertise on transition in practice – tools and more for cities Poster 30.05.2017 Bern, Switzerland Meylan Grégoire; Duygan Mert;
Stakeholder-Dialog „Transformation des Energiesystems - Akzeptanz“ Talk 11.05.2017 Bern, Switzerland Stauffacher Michael;
NRP 70 and 71 thematic workshop - Workshop „Sustainability“ Workshop 28.10.2016 Neuchâtel, Switzerland Stauffacher Michael;


Self-organised

Title Date Place
Municipal Solid Waste Advisory Board Meeting 25.01.2018 Zurich, Switzerland
Municipal Solid Waste and Industrial Waste Advisory Board Meeting 02.02.2017 Zurich, Switzerland
Municipal Solid Waste Advisory Board Meeting 22.03.2016 Zurich, Switzerland
Municipal Solid Waste and Industrial Waste Advisory Board Meeting 20.11.2015 Zurich, Switzerland
Municipal Solid Waste Advisory Board Meeting 21.04.2015 Zurich, Switzerland

Awards

Title Year
Travel grant of the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences (SAGW) 2016

Abstract

The aim of this subproject is to analyse the necessary transition towards sustainable municipal solid waste (MSW) management systems and thereby to inform and facilitate the practical implementation of these systems. The subproject (SP4) is part of the joint project entitled "Sustainable waste and resource management to support the energy turnaround (wastEturn)". The goal of the joint project is to optimise the contribution of Swiss municipal and industrial waste management to the Energy Turnaround. Sustainable municipal and industrial waste management is the result of an environmental and economic optimisation of actual municipal and industrial waste management performed in subprojects SP1, SP2 and SP3. SP4 investigates the societal aspects of the necessary transition.Initiating transitions of Swiss MSW management in support of the Energy Turnaround is a challenge. Swiss MSW management involves numerous stakeholders (municipalities, policy-makers, private sector) able to impact on the corresponding systems. Furthermore, MSW management stakeholders show varying and potentially conflicting preferences and priorities when it comes to optimising actual systems. Yet an understanding of transition processes necessary to implement sustainable MSW management in Switzerland is still missing.The contribution of SP4 to the realisation of the "Energy Strategy 2050" is two-fold. First, societal and technical objectives that, if fulfilled, enable the transition towards optimised systems, are identified. Second, priorities of influential decision-makers of MSW management with respect to the implementation of these objectives are elicited. In close collaboration with these influential decision-makers and the project partners, strategies to implement the prioritised objectives are formulated as roadmap. The approach is generic so that it can be applied to other industrial processes key to the Energy Turnaround and is therefore a major contribution to the realisation of the Energy Strategy 2050.The approach consists in three successive work packages (WP) relying on proven knowledge integration methods. In WP1, influential decision-makers of Swiss MSW management are identified by analysing social networks and past policy processes of MSW management. In WP2, a scenario analysis yields multiple objectives (e.g., bioplastics ban) that, if fulfilled, support the transition towards environmentally optimised systems (e.g., sensor-based sorting of waste plastics) identified in SP1. SP3 researchers will inform the scenario analysis on economic aspects of Swiss MSW management. In WP3, priorities of influential decision-makers with respect to transition-supporting objectives are elicited by conjoint analysis. In a Future Workshop prepared in close collaboration with SP1, influential decision-makers will elaborate coordinated strategies, initiatives, experiments, they can implement to meet the prioritised objectives.
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