Environment Canada Partners With Ccap To Help Latin American Nations To Reduce Ghgs From Landfills And Wastewater Treatment Facilities

2.16.12

WASHINGTON, DC – Recognizing the importance of supporting localized, on-the-ground actions to reduce climate threatening emissions in developing countries, Environment Canada has provided funding to the Center for Clean Air Policy(CCAP) to facilitate the development of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) involving landfill gas and waste management in Latin American countries. Methane gas released during the waste management process is 25 times more effective at trapping heat than carbon dioxide, thus contributing more to global warming and causing air quality and public health issues. NAMAs focused on waste prevention, recycling, composting, energy recovery, treatment, and disposal can have a significant impact on a country’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and sustainable development.

Launched in early 2011 with funding from the German International Climate Initiative, CCAP’s Mitigation Action Implementation Network (MAIN) promotes knowledge exchange among developing countries regarding successful climate mitigation actions, thereby accelerating the development of effective policies. This financial support from Environment Canada will expand the scope of the path-breaking CCAP program and increases the level of collaboration and communication between leaders in key developing countries.

“Developing countries are stepping up to help protect the climate globally and spur sustainable development. Canada’s support for our program in Latin America will help us turn policy plans into reality on the ground,” Ned Helme, President of CCAP said.

Consistent with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCCC) agreements reached at COP17 in Durban, CCAP and Environment Canada are focusing on actual implementation of new policies. As climate initiatives move forward globally, these real-world bottom up examples will spur further international agreement. Best practices produced as a result of NAMA implementation will shape emerging sources of climate finance, such as the second phase of fast start financing and the Green Climate Fund.

MAIN meetings and the development of NAMAs will continue through 2013 with a series of open dialogues, video conferencing, international conferences and on-the-ground collaboration with participating countries.