Industrial and Municipal Waste NAMA in Chile


By targeting methane produced in landfills, solid waste management strategies aim to reduce emissions of this very potent gas and contribute to climate change mitigation efforts.

Working on the Ground with Chile

In line with Chile’s national waste strategy, 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 percent of the total organic waste.

Partnering with the national government, CCAP assessed the economic and environmental viability of organics diversion projects that generate energy and compost and thus reduce methane and other GHG emissions from waste degradation and fossil fuels replacement. The studies showed the high social, technical and environmental impacts potential in developing these projects, and highlighted the need to have a coordinated effort between municipalities and industries to increase the feasibility of diversion projects.

As a complement to national-level actions underway through the Industrial and Municipal Solid Waste NAMA, the national government of Chile and CCAP are working closely with  two major Chilean cities – Viña del Mar and Concepcion – to develop city-level actions that reduce short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP), such as methane, from the waste sector.

With support from the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), CCAP will assist Concepcion in conducting a comprehensive waste assessment that will analyze the potential for waste diversion programs, improve sustainable waste management practices, and support the newly created environmental unit that is overseeing waste management activities.

Viña del Mar and CCAP have teamed up to design a Sustainable Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan that will mitigate SLCPs by reducing waste generation and capturing value from waste products.  In collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, the national government expects to create guidelines to facilitate the scaling up and replication of Viña del Mar’s experience to other cities in Chile.

Through the Coalition, both cities have joined a global network of cities, national governments and waste experts collaborating to reduce SLCPs from municipal solid waste.  By accessing this network, CCAP successfully facilitated a bilateral partnership between the governments of Sweden and Chile to tailor and apply best waste practices in Stockholm to the situation in Viña del Mar.  The countries have agreed to collaborate on a national and municipal level in this effort, setting the stage for a long-term bilateral partnership.


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