Intelligent waste infra management as a part of Corporate Carbon Responsibility

Johanna Alakerttula, Mikko Ahokas, Outi Laatikainen

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Abstract

The waste sector is in transition. More efforts are being made to improve the separate collection of waste directly from households and to promote recycling, but on the other hand, waste companies are under heavy pressure to keep waste management costs moderate to the customers and limit the environmental impacts of waste management. Carbon neutrality has become a competitive and reputational factor and an essential aspect of corporate responsibility, and therefore companies are setting ambitious targets to become carbon neutral in the future. Still, in the waste management sector, monitoring or mitigating the carbon footprint of waste transportation is not a common practice. Yet, optimizing logistic operations by intelligent monitoring can provide remarkable possibilities to reduce emissions and save fuel consumption and waste management costs. This case study analyzes the implementation of carbon neutrality as a part of CSR in a regional waste transport company. The waste bin level measurement results from one household company are utilized to demonstrate the effects of digital monitoring. The results summarize active measures that companies can take to reduce waste transport emissions and costs. Companies can switch to lower-emission vehicles, optimize logistics, add multi-compartment vehicles, and develop marketing and reporting. In this case, digitalization has been used to renew the operational business model and to provide new innovative data-based waste management. Intelligent remote monitoring in waste container infra has changed logistics planning and a digital marketplace has made the climate and economic benefits of databased waste collection visible to the customers. This research concludes that digitalization will change waste management and that carbon neutrality will likely become a differentiator for waste sector organizations, allowing them to gain competitive and reputational advantage.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication25th International Trade Fair of Material & Energy Recovery and Sustainable Development, ECOMONDO, 8th-11th November, 2022, Rimini, Italy
Pages851-860
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
EventInternational Trade Fair of Material & Energy Recovery and Sustainable Development, ECOMONDO - Rimini, Italy
Duration: 8 Nov 202211 Nov 2022

Publication series

NameProcedia Environmental Science, Engineering and Management
Number4
Volume9
ISSN (Print)2392-9537
ISSN (Electronic)2392-9545

Conference

ConferenceInternational Trade Fair of Material & Energy Recovery and Sustainable Development, ECOMONDO
Country/TerritoryItaly
CityRimini
Period8/11/2211/11/22

Keywords

  • carbon emissions
  • CSR
  • digitalization
  • waste logistics

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science

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