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Peru’s Waste NAMA: Benefits in both GHGs and Sustainable Development

CCAP is pleased to announce its involvement in the design and development of a NAMA in Peru that will improve the collection and treatment of solid waste. With support from the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Building and additional funding from the Nordic Economic Finance Corporation, or NEFCO, CCAP will work in close coordination with the lead consultant, NIRAS, to provide hands-on assistance to develop a waste nationally appropriate mitigation action (NAMA) to the point of implementation.

The Peru Waste NAMA is an important effort to demonstrate the viability of the NAMA model.  This model offers a real opportunity to emphasize GHG mitigation and appropriate MRV and financing structures from the beginning, alongside sustainable development metrics.

Currently 5.7 percent of Peru’s total emissions are a result of the waste sector, therefore there are substantial climate opportunities moving forward.  Roughly only two-thirds of the daily 17,000 tons of waste produced is collected, prompting Peru’s environmental ministry, Minam, to develop plans to increase coverage to 100 percent by 2021.

In addition, the country currently maintains a total of eight sanitary landfills (five of which are in Lima) that collectively treat only 20 percent of Peru’s waste, thus Minam will also focus on providing adequate disposal and treatment of waste, where most of the GHG mitigation action opportunities exist.  In addition to GHG mitigation action, CCAP envisions the design of this NAMA will bring many additional sustainable development benefits, such as less adverse health risks from inadequate disposal and contamination of water aquifers, job creation from alternative waste treatment technologies and decreased leachate production at current landfills and open dumps.

Ultimately, the Peru Waste NAMA could result in similar policies that are underway in the development of the Colombian Waste NAMA, but this will depend on local conditions, and the findings of the consultant consortium led by NIRAS, who is doing the baseline data analysis, defining GHG mitigation alternatives, and formulating a national waste management strategy.  While closely monitoring these elements of the project, CCAP will focus its effort on supporting the MRV design, building a solid NAMA proposal, and attracting international and domestic funding for implementation of the NAMA.

The CCAP team is excited to be on the ground in Peru to support the development and financing of this NAMA so that it can be implemented successfully.

A NAMA for Peru’s waste sector will ensure that Peru’s ambitious solid waste management plans include policies to not only mitigate GHG emissions but also to contribute to a sustainable development path for Peru during its continued period of impressive growth.

CCAP participated in the official kick-off of the project on July 22nd in Lima, in which Minam Vice Minister Gabriel Quijandría Acosta expressed his support for the project and was encouraged by the participation of expert organizations including CCAP.  In addition, he is looking forward to results of the NAMA to be showcased at COP-20 in Lima in late 2014. The next scheduled meeting of the project is scheduled to be on Sep 3rd in Lima and CCAP will be updating its followers on the progress achieved through periodic blogs.

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