Analysing the ecological impact of waste collection for MIWA

The Context
MIWA is an intercommunale organisation aiming to develop a uniform and sustainable waste and material strategy by efficiently managing household waste to support a better environment. MIWA wants to be the reference on how to approach the environment and society in a sustainable way. They strive towards sustainable and efficient solutions whom are both ecologically and economically sound.   

The Challenge
When Sint-Niklaas signed the Covenant of Mayors they asked Futureproofed to support them in developing a climate action plan. MIWA was one of the first pioneers to participate in the different workshops providing input for the development of this plan. They saw the possibilities of analysing their carbon footprint, learning from the insights and developing an action plan to support their strategic and operational decisions. What would be better: collecting different kinds of household waste with more heavy trash trucks or having all the people come individually by car? Or how do their avoided emissions compared to the scope 1&2 emissions? MIWA wants to make the most sustainable and efficient decisions based on both the economical and the ecological effects. MIWA asked Futureproofed to calculate the latter.

The Trajectory
Information was gathered for Scope 1 & 2 emissions (own operations), together with relevant data for Scope 3 emissions (upstream and downstream activities). Scope 3 focussed on MIWA’s core business: the impact of the new recycling centre, the waste transport and the waste disposal. The study also looked into the avoided emissions of material recycling and energy recuperation. We also calculated what would have happened if the biggest fractions were not sorted.


Results and resolutions
MIWA’s value chain carbon footprint provided good insights in their key impact areas. These insights ranged from strategic investment feedback for new recycling centres to operational initiatives. MIWA is now also informing their customers based on these numbers and is organising the first climate lab in Sint-Niklaas.

MIWA avoided emissions (scope 1, 2, & 3)

MIWA avoided emissions (scope 1, 2, & 3)


“The mission of MIWA is to develop a uniform and sustainable waste and material strategy by efficiently managing household waste to support a better environment. When Sint-Niklaas started working on their climate action plan we immediately supported it by becoming a industry pioneer. We contacted Futureproofed after I attended a workshop for the climate action plan.

Futureproofed helped us to calculate and understand our CO2emissions. Even more important is they gave a nuanced but clear overview of our avoided emissions.”

— Sven Peeters, CEO MIWA


Country: Belgium
Client: MIWA
Sector: intercommunal waste collection
Services: Carbon management
Year: 2015