Towards Quantification of Purchases and Waste Generation at the level of Individual Households: A pilot-study on Two Swedish Households
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Continuous increase in resource demand and associated with it environmental impact, by-products and wastes, are going to put strains on the global ecosystem including humans. The thesis was based on the assumption that: The household scale holds important information on flows of resources and statistical relations between them. This master thesis was pilot-study of the project “Quantifying Household Metabolism” which was carried out by Urban Metabolism Research Group (UMRG) at Chalmers University of Technology. The thesis intends to develop methods to quantify fluxes of consumption and waste generation through individual household. The data was collected in two Swedish households and the collection period in the master project was 2.5 months on solid waste and 1 month on biowaste. The data was collected on a daily basis and from three streams: shopping receipts, recyclable solid waste and biowaste from kitchen. The data gathered by the proposed method illustrated a pattern of consumption and waste generation through individual household based on t h e two studied households. Although the proposed method avoided the errors happened in pervious study methods (Survey), the deficiencies and potential risks exited. The indicators developed to evaluate the situation of household metabolism failed to apply to the testing households in pilot-study. The applied data collection procedure was manual and laborious, and accumulated errors easily happened when it carry out in a long term. Several automatic possibilities could be introduced in the future study.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 38 p.
Examensarbete vid Institutionen för geovetenskaper, ISSN 1650-6553 ; 83
Sustainable Development, Household metabolism, Waste Generation, Goods Consumption, Flows
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-182192OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-182192DiVA: diva2:558737
Subject / course
Master Programme in Sustainable Development
2012-09-10, Småland, Department of Earth Science, Villavägen 16, 752 36 Uppsala, Uppsala, 09:00 (English)
UppsokLife Earth Science
Harder, Robin, phd
Moczydlowska-Vidal, Malgorzata, Professor