Addressing the Waste Sector to Reduce Emissions
Waste generation is growing faster than any other environmental pollutant, including CO2, particularly in developing countries where waste is a larger contributor to overall emissions. Applying efficient and sustainable waste management approaches can offer immediate and cost-effective results in cutting global GHGs, while creating new jobs and growing the economy. In particular, the development and implementation of sustainable integrated solid waste management plans can allow cities across the developing world to divert waste from landfills through recycling, composting, biodigestion and substituting fossil fuels with waste-derived energy. This reduces waste from landfills, mitigates their GHG emissions, and creates an economically and socially viable waste system that captures value from waste products.
What We Do:
CCAP’s Waste Program aims at reducing methane and other greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the waste sector by advancing the implementation of policies and projects that contribute to sustainable waste management. By linking national policy action with local stakeholder engagement, on-the-ground projects, and advanced, locally appropriate technology solutions, CCAP supports countries to develop and implement comprehensive low-carbon approaches to waste management.
Goals and Objectives
- Support developing countries to develop and implement waste sector NAMAs
- Address the barriers to investment in the waste sector and promote private sector engagement (i.e. waste tariff reforms and the generation of sustainable business schemes)
- Enhance waste sector access to international climate finance by providing technical assistance with policy and project design, GHG analysis, MRV strategies, international best practices, financial strategies and implementation.
- Tackle waste-sector challenges or barriers to replicability across cities and regions
- Leverage the experiences and successes gained in this program to influence and inform global climate change policy fora, including the UNFCCC, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), and the GCF.
- Share waste sector best practices through dialogues, capacity building and knowledge exchange.
Municipal Waste NAMAs
In partnering with Colombia’s Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MADS), private sector stakeholders and local industry experts, CCAP is helping to implement an integrated solid waste management NAMA to maximize economic value from waste streams and also reduce GHGs.
CCAP helped to design an organic waste NAMA that aims to divert organic industrial waste from landfills, reduce the use of dumps, and promote source separation at the municipal level. The NAMA will help solve the organic waste management issues in the industrial sector, which is expected to divert more than 90% of the total organic waste.
With support from the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Building, CCAP is working to scale-up greenhouse gas mitigation efforts within Peru’s waste sector through a nationally appropriate mitigation action (NAMA) that will increase waste collection and improve waste treatment throughout Peru.
Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) Partnership
CCAP is an implementing partner for the CCAC’s Municipal Solid Waste Initiative, which was launched in 2012 by the U.S. State Department and Environment Canada to significantly reduce short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs), such as methane and black carbon. As an implementing partner, CCAP sits on the steering committee of the CCAC’s MSWI, which works directly with city governments to implement city action plans on SLCPs.
Through the initiative, CCAP has worked on city assessments in four cities (Barranquilla and Cali in Colombia, and Concepción and Viña del Mar in Chile), helped to develop Integrated Solid Waste Management Plans and organized city exchanges and workshops. At the moment, CCAP is developing an implementation plan for an organic waste treatment facility for Viña del Mar, which is the first project from the initiative to reach this stage of development. CCAC is now looking to develop a national action program to promote coordination and synergies between city and national approaches and facilitate knowledge exchange and replication between cities and within and across countries.