Recognizing the need to mitigate climate change in the near-term, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition was launched in February 2012 to leverage political will in an effort to reduce short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) such as methane, black carbon and other air pollutants. One of the Coalition’s key initiatives works directly with city and national governments to reduce SLCPs from municipal solid waste (MSW). As a member of the Coalition’s MSW initiative, CCAP is building on its expertise developing Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) in the waste sector to support projects at the city level in Colombia and Chile that complement NAMAs at the national level. Through the generous support of the Coalition, CCAP is working closely with the cities of Cali and Barranquilla in Colombia, and Vina del Mar and Concepcion in Chile, to improve sustainable waste management practices that reduce SLCPs.
One of the benefits of joining the Coalition is access to a global network of waste and finance experts, cities, and national governments working together to reduce SLCPs from the waste and other sectors. At a March 2013 meeting convened by the Coalition on the periphery of the Global Methane Initiative Expo, the governments of Chile and Sweden initiated a formal partnership to support the development of sustainable waste practices in Chile. This partnership was also extended to the city level between Vina del Mar and Stockholm.
The first activity emerging from the partnership was a week-long site visit by Swedish officials to Chile to help Vina del Mar determine how to most appropriately apply Stockholm’s renowned waste policies to their own context. In November 2013, Vina del Mar will be traveling to Sweden to get a better understanding of Stockholm’s waste policies and systems. During this exchange, CCAP is providing technical and capacity support to the city of Vina del Mar with the goal of helping to design a sustainable integrated solid waste management plan for the city. The plan will strive to reduce the volume and cost of waste dumped in landfills as well as promote value-generating activities such as recycling, composting and biodigesting.
In Cali, CCAP is working with the government to assess and develop source separation and collection policies. To do so, the team will develop models to quantify mitigation impact, assess opportunities for diverting organics from large producers, and determine the market feasibility of compost generated through organics diversion. The policies apply to both organics and recyclables, and importantly, explore how to best formalize the city’s informal waste sector to improve the lives of waste pickers.
New to the Coalition, the cities of Barranquilla and Concepcion are collaborating with CCAP to conduct assessments of their waste stream and identify a menu of potential projects that reduce SLCPs. CCAP, the governments of Chile and Colombia, and waste officials from the four cities recently participated in a global meeting of the Coalition’s Advisory Network in Vienna, Austria. The meeting shared best practices from across the globe and build the capacity of city governments to improve waste management activities with the goal of putting them on a path to identifying, designing and ultimately implementing actions that reduce SLCPs. The cities of Cali and Vina del Mar were showcased during the two-day event to demonstrate to new members the opportunities created by joining the Coalition and actions that can be achieved through strong local and national partners.