The CVORR project team is publishing its work through journals, workshops and conferences. A selection of its publications is available below:

Complex Value Optimisation for Resource Recovery - Workshop Report

NERC RRfW Catalyst Project – Workshop Report

The Complex Value Optimisation for Resource Recovery (CVORR) project aims to ensure that the benefits for the environment and human health are fully integrated in to a ‘whole systems approach’ in the recovery of resources from waste. The development of the novel valuation framework will draw on different tools to synthesise a new concept of complex process/product value. The framework will provide an overall system optimisation rather than assess the value of optimising one process or sub-system which may then cause problems (negative values) up- or down-stream of the process: this systems approach will permit for dynamic consideration of system boundaries. The aim is to move beyond established concepts of waste and resource recovery to provide an objective assessment of a system producing different products and by-products. The assessment will use a multidimensional value that considers environmental, social and economic criteria in order to approach optimum value for a given scenario and perspective. This intensive workshop brought together organisations and individuals interested in being involved in the project and/or interested in the project outcomes.

Click to download:



Complex Value Optimisation for Resource Recovery - Poster

Introducing CVORR – Poster Presentation from RRfW Event, 22/11/2016

Project Rationale:

CVORR aims to redefine value as a complex variable with benefits and losses in multiple dimensions including metrics from the environmental, economic, social and technical domains of value.  Its overarching goal is to produce a novel tool for optimizing resource recovery processes that include upstream and downstream parts of the resource recovery from waste (RRfW) systems.  This will allow more objective evaluation of interventions intended for recovering resources from waste, moving away from ‘end-of-pipe’ paradigms towards a whole-systems approach, preventing dissipation of value into waste and rethinking current practices.

Click to download:

Researchers interested in following CVORR can also follow the project on Research Gate.