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    Sustainable Waste Management

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    Sector Waste
    Focus area Solid waste management
    Type of action Strategy/Policy
    Scope National
    Stage Under development
    Submitted to UNFCCC registry No
    Start of initiative 2015
    Financing and support details
    Financing status Seeking financing
    Total cost
    (no data)
    Financing requested
    (no data)
    Financing received to-date US$ 0 mln
    Principal source of financing Not known
    Principal type of financing Not known
    Capacity building required Unknown
    Technology transfer required Yes
    Additional information
    Proponent(s) Ministry of Housing, Cities and Territory
    International funder(s)
    (no data)
    Organization providing technical support
    (no data)
    (no data)

    The objective of the NAMA is to focus on sustainable waste management through a shift from landfilling to alternative waste treatments, including composting, mechanical biological treatment and waste-to-energy.

    Activities: (2015 - 2050)
    This NAMA is being developed by the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) together with Colombia’s Ministry of Housing, Cities and Territory, and is looking for domestic as well as international support.

    So far, important policy changes have already taken place towards transforming the country's waste sector. Colombia’s regulatory agency has revised regulations in 2015, based on recommendations from the NAMA development work. Consequently this new regulatory framework supports alternative approaches to waste management, making them eligible to receive a waste handling fee to which only landfills were entitled before. In addition, Colombia’s new National Development Plan (2014-2018) includes a specific incentive for recycling and alternative waste treatment for municipalities that have sustainable projects included in their integrated solid waste management plans.

    Colombia is actively looking for opportunities and projects to reduce GHG emissions in the waste management sector. At the end of March 2016, the national government reviewed 380 Integrated Solid Waste Management Plans (PGIRS,) from various municipalities across the country, from which a selection has been made to include in the initial NAMA project pipeline.

    The expected outcomes are:

    • Reduced GHG emissions from the waste sector
    • Increased waste recovery and valorization
    • Increased diversion of waste from landfills to sustainable waste treatment facilities
    • Displaced chemical fertilizers and fossil fuels as a result of the creation of compost and refuse-derived fuel (RDF)
    • Decreased landfill leachate pollution that causes contamination of ground water and soil resources
    • Diversified waste sector and adoption of new sustainable waste management technologies
    • Increased public and private resources for sustainable waste management
    • Improved livelihoods for waste pickers, formalized and hired in sustainable waste treatment facilities

    The waste NAMA is preparing an initial set of sustainable waste management projects in three cities as the first finance-ready pilots. The long-tem objective is to leverage the work conducted through the NAMA as well as the city-level efforts to use these cities as a model for other Colombian cities (and cities from other developing countries) and to scale up action in the waste sector.

    Impact and MRV

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    Cumulative GHG reductions: No data available
    Mitigative capacity:

    No information has been provided on mitigative capacity


    Social: * Improve health of communities living around landfills and dump sites
    Economic: * create jobs
    • improve income generating opportunities from waste recycling and composting
    Environmental: * reduce emissions
    • diversify waste sector

    MRV Framework:
    No MRV plan has been defined


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