Integrated Waste Management in China

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Sector Waste
Focus area
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Type of action Strategy/Policy
Scope National
Stage Implementation
Submitted to UNFCCC registry No
Start of initiative 2016
Financing and support details
Financing status Seeking financing
Total cost
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Financing requested
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Financing received to-date EUR 8 mln
Principal source of financing Multilateral
Principal type of financing Grant
Capacity building required Yes
Technology transfer required Yes
Additional information
Proponent(s) Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, China Association of Urban Environmental Sanitation (CAUES)
International funder(s) GIZ, NAMA Facility
Organization providing technical support
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The objective of the NAMA is to operate integrated waste management and waste-to-energy systems in China.

Activities: (2017 - 2021)
Based on China’s latest GHG inventory (2005), 1.5% of the total Chinese CO2 emissions originate from the waste sector, amounting to 111 Mt CO2e until 2030. China’s rapid urbanisation is expected to lead to 1 billion urban citizens and subsequently to an estimated annual emission reduction potential from Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) of 230.4 Mt CO2e. Following its development targets and its nationally indented commitment towards a low-carbon and circular economy, China strengthens its efforts to reduce GHG emissions and increase the usage of urban waste for the production of energy. However the transformation of the waste sector towards low-carbon pathways faces technical and capacity challenges.

The NAMA Support Project (NSP) “China Integrated Waste Management NAMA” will demonstrate in 3 municipalities how integrated waste management and waste-to-energy systems can be operated as profitable business cases. It intends to:

  • Capitalize significant Chinese investments going into the waste sector by adding best available practices for integrated waste management in three pilot cities
  • Increase capacity of sector stakeholders
  • Offer policy advice to the Chinese government to further reduce the existing market barriers currently hindering the sector’s transformation
  • Support the up-scaling of integrated waste management solutions in China, by enabling the sector to make use of new income streams from the energy and carbon market, as well as matching private sector engagement in existing networks.

This NAMA has been pre-selected by the NAMA Facility to receive funding. The NAMA was submitted to the Facility's third call for projects and is currently under appraisal.

Impact and MRV

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Cumulative GHG reductions: 0.82 MtCO2e
Mitigative capacity:

No information has been provided on mitigative capacity


Social: * food safety due to the reduced feeding of unhygienic waste to livestock
Economic: * integration of “waste pickers” as qualified waste sector workers
Environmental: * reduced leakage induced groundwater pollution

MRV Framework:
No MRV plan has been defined