Set of environmental indicators for the LIFE-PAYT project are now defined

During the LIFE PAYT project, a set of indicators will be used to measure the environmental performance of the various actions. The selection of indicators was carried out by a team from the Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra (IPC) in collaboration with the project partners, the National Technical University of Athens and the Local Authorities involved.

How much waste do we produce? How much do we separate? How many could we separate? What are the consequences of separating or not? These are some of the questions that the project will answer.

The indicators now defined allow for a “radiography” of the current situation of urban waste management in the five municipalities targeted by the project: Aveiro, Condeixa, Lisbon (Portugal), Larnaka (Cyprus) and Vrilíssia (Greece).

It is also intended to challenge the current view, shared by many citizens, the dustbin as a “bottomless pit”.  The LIFE-PAYT project aims to contrast this vision with another one, measuring and emphasizing the effects on the environment that the waste causes, using different concepts, among which, the carbon footprint.

At the end of the project, the indicators will be measured again to assess the progress made compared to the initial situation. In this way, it will be possible to understand how a variable tariff system of the PAYT type serves to increase awareness and favor the change of citizens’ behavior towards waste, and the environmental advantages resulting from this process.

The complete table and calculation details for each indicator can be consulted here.