CVORR is a NERC (National Environment Research Council) and ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) funded research project. CVORR will produce a methodology for systems analysis of waste-producing processes that combines micro and macro approaches to measuring flows with methods to assess the value of these flows. We redefine value as a complex variable with impacts and benefits in multiple dimensions including the environmental, social and economic domains that cannot be ‘collapsed’ on to a single parameter, for which time-dependence and variability must be considered. This methodology will allow more objective design and evaluation of interventions intended to recover resource from waste, moving away from an ‘end-of-pipe’ paradigm where impacts on the wider system are poorly understood, towards a whole-systems approach that aims to prevent dissipation of value into waste and optimise the complex value of the whole system. The methodology draws on expertise in environmental, economic, engineering and social sciences; it is a radical interdisciplinary departure from established notions of waste management, developed with a large group of industrial, commercial and policy-making stakeholders during the Catalyst stage.
Start Date: August 1st, 2014
End Date: July 31st, 2017