Awareness on short Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCP) Emissions from Municipal Solid Waste Management (MSWM) and overview of Solid Waste Emissions Estimation Tool (SWEET)

CCAC-IGES Pre-workshop on SLCP

Carbon dioxide (CO2), which is considered as a primary driver of climate change, is responsible for slightly more than half of the total current warming impact from human-caused emissions (EESI, 2013). Emitted CO2 remain in the atmosphere for hundreds of years, creating warming effect even the new CO2 level reduce to zero. Therefore, the strategies to reduce to CO2 is vital but mitigation efforts solely focus on CO2 will not slow the climate change in the next few decades. So, to address critical need to slow the rate of climate change, the strategies should focus on reduction go short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs), which are responsible for the half of global warming not caused by CO2 and have atmospheric lifetime of less than 20 years(EESI, 2013). SLCPs include black carbon, methane, tropospheric ozone, and hydro-fluorocarbons (HFCs) but SLCPs emitted from the Municipal solid waste are black carbon and methane. These SLCPs are generated throughout the municipal solid waste management process from source of generation till the final disposal. Landfills are the third largest source of anthropogenic methane (CH4) emissions which accounts about 11% of estimated global methane emissions (CCAC, 2017).
The national and local government units in the Philippines faces a great challenge to reduce SLCP emissions from MSW mostly due to improper waste management, open-burning of bio-waste and increasing amount of waste in open dumpsites. The presentation is the part of training organized by IGES under Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) project in collaboration with Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). It aims to create awareness on SLCP from the Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) and provide overview of SWEET tool to selected participant cities from the Philippines