Sustainable Consumption and Production

IGES Organises First Regional Training Workshop,
"Measuring and Mitigating Short Lived Climate Pollutants from the Municipal Solid Waste Sector"

From 2-4 April 2018, IGES, together with the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR) of the Philippines, jointly delivered the regional training workshop “Measuring and Mitigating Short-lived Climate Pollutants from the Municipal Solid Waste Sector”. A flagship training programme stemming from IGES’s engagement in the Climate and Clean Air Coalition’s Municipal Solid Waste initiative (CCAC-MSWI), the workshop successfully convened municipal authorities from five cities across South East Asia— including Nonthaburi, Thailand, Kompong Chhnang, Cambodia, Naypyidaw, Myanmar, as well as Jambi and Medan City, Indonesia— along with a number of city officials from the Philippines, namely the Municipality of Maragusan, Municipality of Solano, City of San Carlos, Bacolod City and the province of South Cotabato. A team of national representatives from DENR’s Municipal Solid Waste Management Commission were also on hand to provide strategic and technical expertise to the workshop.

IGES has been actively involved in CCAC-MSWI since 2012, during which time it has supported a number of cities across the region with the preparation of relevant action and work plans aimed at reducing SLCPs, such as methane and black carbon, through climate-friendly waste management practices and approaches. Recent contributions have included the development of an SLCP emissions quantification tool (EQT) designed to assist public authorities with conducting a rapid assessment of emissions, and inform improved decision making on the identification of alternative waste management options.

In this context, the workshop sought to raise awareness, facilitate dialogue and promote knowledge sharing on effective SLCP mitigation actions in the municipal solid waste sector, with a key focus on the use and operationalization of the SLCP quantification tool. Workshop participants were instructed on how to input national and city-level waste data into the EQT with a view towards generating a baseline aimed at guiding future decisions on SLCP mitigation actions. In so doing participants evaluated current issues and challenges concerning waste management, as well as good practices and future priories for addressing SLCPs in their respective cities. A field visit to San Carlos City—a municipality long recognised for its environmental leadership both in the Philippines and abroad—also helped to reinforce lessons learned, including through organised tours of the city’s local material recovery facility (MRF), leachate treatment plant and community composting site.

As a next step, IGES will coordinate a series of webinars in 2018 aimed at further elaborating use of the EQT, supporting participating cities with the design of action and work plans that outline measurable SLCP mitigation interventions across all stages of waste management. A final regional workshop aimed at discussing main outcomes and lessons learned from these exercises is also planned for the end of 2018.

Date 2-4 April 2018
Venue O'Hotel, Bacolod City, Philippines
Organisers Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR)
Participants Approx.30
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