Single-Course English 5 ECTS

LCA Modelling of Waste Management Systems

Overall Course Objectives

The course objective is to make the student competent in assessment of waste management systems and waste technologies with regard to mass-flow, environmental loads and savings, and resource use and recovery using a life-cycle perspective. The student will be able to model waste management systems, perform uncertainty analysis, make general conclusions from model results, and prepare communicable summaries of main characteristics of selected waste management systems.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the need for a life-cycle perspective on waste management
  • Describe advantages and disadvantages of using LCA models on waste management systems
  • Explain the general principles in calculating environmental loads/savings as well as resource use/recovery
  • Explain the principles in LCA modeling of waste management technologies (collection, sorting, incineration, anaerobic digestion, composting, landfilling, recycling and energy utilization)
  • Apply LCA models on waste management systems and waste technologies
  • Discuss the importance of assumptions and boundary conditions in LCA modeling of waste management systems
  • Analyze uncertainties and limitations in LCA of waste system modeling
  • Interpret results from LCA modeling of complex waste management systems
  • Summarize in general technical terms advantages and disadvantages of waste management systems from an LCA approach

Course Content

Modeling approach to waste quantities, waste composition, collection, transport, source separation, mechanical sorting, incineration, composting, anaerobic digestion, landfilling, energy utilization, material recycling and material utilization. Brief summary of approach and methods in LCA. Introduction to the EASETECH model. Hand-on assignments in using EASETECH. Definition of waste management systems. Modeling of waste management systems. Interpretation of results, uncertainty analysis and communication of results.

Recommended prerequisites

Teaching Method

Lectures, exercises, group assignments, modeling with PC-based model, guest lectures, report- writing and oral presentation of results


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3 weeks




DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 12132
Course type Candidate
Semester start Week 1
Semester end Week 35
Days Mon-fri 8:00-17:00

7.500,00 DKK