Estimation of Environmental Impacts of Regional Economic Integration in East Asia: Implications for Waste and Recycling Policy

(2008-001)
Working Paper
Estimation of Environmental Impacts of Regional Economic Integration in East Asia: Implications for Waste and Recycling Policy

This paper analyses the impact of the future regional economic integration and development on internationalisation of waste and recycling-related issues in East Asia.
The analysis focuses upon production and consumption of electronics and electric products and automobiles which are strategically important products in developing Asia in the future. To do so, this paper analysed and interpreted the results of the impact assessment of regional economic integration in East Asia using an environmentextended multi-regional computable general equilibrium model (the REPA model). This paper highlights waste-related impacts, at East Asian regional level, of expected increasing consumption of durable consumer goods due to rapid industrial and economic development, especially issues regarding e-waste and end-of-life vehicle (ELV), which can either be recyclables containing ferrous and non-ferrous metals or hazardous waste depending on governance and technical capacity. The paper confirmed that the environmental impacts are expected to increase in line with the expanded use of resources and the production, consumption and disposal of durable consumer goods, unless Asian developing countries rapidly develop adequate management and treatment capacities for hazardous substances.

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