Title: Measuring solid waste eco-efficiency performance through environmental accounting

Authors: K.I. Evangelinos, I.E. Nikolaou

Addresses: Department of Environment, University of the Aegean, University Hill, Lesvos 81-100, Greece. ' Department of Environmental Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace, Vas Sofias 12, Xanthi 67100, Greece

Abstract: Planning and implementation of eco-efficient practices require different information measured both in financial and non-financial units. Indeed, eco-efficiency strategies, by definition, require this type of information to simultaneously confirm the reduction of the total amount of solid waste production and the improvement in organizations| added value. However, current solid waste accounting methods utilise information that is not compatible with the general requirements of conventional accounting methods: comparability, comprehensibility, completeness, relevance and reliability. This paper aims to propose an integrated conceptual framework for measuring solid waste eco-efficiency performance utilising generally accepted accounting principles.

Keywords: environmental accounting; solid waste; eco-efficiency; performance measurement; financial accounting.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEWM.2011.039466

International Journal of Environment and Waste Management, 2011 Vol.7 No.3/4, pp.235 - 249

Available online: 06 Apr 2011 *

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