An Eco-Efficiency Study for a WEEE Recovery Network: The Portuguese Case

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Abstract

The rapid growth of electric and electronic equipment waste (WEEE) transformed this waste stream into a worldwide problem. The Directive 2002/96/EC on electrical and electronic waste aims at the reduction of the environmental impact of WEEE, encouraging end-of-life management, eco design, life cycle analyses and extended producer responsibility. However, this legislation may not produce the results the legislator aimed for. In this work we analyse the environmental impact of a WEEE recovery network in the Portuguese context. With this aim, a model, previously developed by the authors for the optimal design of this network using economic indicators (Salema, 2007), was now adapted to design the network subjected to the minimization of environmental performance indices. The original mathematical formulation was found to be flexible and easily adapted to the two types of indices and the major differences between the optimal network configurations obtained, were identified and discussed.
Original languageUnknown
Title of host publicationComputer-Aided Chemical Engineering
EditorsR DeBritoAlves, C DoNascimento, E Biscaia
Place of PublicationSARA BURGERHARTSTRAAT 25, PO BOX 211, 1000 AE AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
PublisherELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
Pages2073-2078
Volume27
ISBN (Print)978-0-444-53472-9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009
Event10th International Symposium on Process Systems Engineering -
Duration: 1 Jan 2009 → …

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Conference10th International Symposium on Process Systems Engineering
Period1/01/09 → …

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