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Promoting Net-Zero Emissions From The Waste Sector in Latin America through NAMAs

August 2014 | Michael LaGiglia, Pablo López Legarreta, Anmol Vanamoli and Laura Wang

The waste sector contributes over 5% of total Latin American greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Considering the 10 countries under study in this paper, 60% of waste sector emissions consist of methane (CH4) emissions resulting from decomposing waste in sanitary landfills and open dumps. Methane is a strong GHG, 86 times stronger than carbon dioxide (CO2) in a twenty year period. Therefore, policies that divert waste, specifically organic waste, from land disposal sites should be prioritized in climate change mitigation efforts.

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