China’s way towards low carbon development in waste sector
The China Integrated Waste Management NAMA Support Project (IWM NAMA) launched its kick-off workshop on January 2018 in Beijing. This project is headed by the Chinese Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MoHURD) and supported by the NAMA Facility.
The IWM NAMA is jointly implemented by the China Association of Urban Environmental Sanitation (CAUES) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH with since end of September 2017.
The IWM NAMA project sets out to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions in the Chinese waste sector, and to increase the attractiveness of IWM and waste-to-energy as a financially sustainable low-carbon investment. The current state of mixed waste treatment – by incineration (35%) and landfill (60%) – has huge potential for carbon mitigation. Moving forward with China’s 13th Five-Year Plan of an IWM approach, through waste segregation at source, better facilities for waste collection, management and treatment, and the resource potential of urban waste is maximized while keeping environmental damage at a minimum.
Around 130 participants from governments, academia and industry in the waste sector attended the kick-off workshop, including 10 potential demonstration municipality representatives and 6 media representatives. Mr. Su Yunshan, the Director-General of Department of Building Energy and Science & Technology, MoHURD, gave the opening remarks. “It is a great opportunity to fully use the outcomes from IWM NAMA project, to promote the transformation and development of the waste sector in China towards a low-carbon way, which will contribute to the establishment of a resource-saving and environmentally friendly society, as well as contribute to the Chinese government’ greenhouse gas emissions reduction commitment to international community”.
Mr. Thomas Shapiro-Bengtsen, the Energy Counsellor of Royal Danish Embassy, Ms. Feng Mei, the Project Officer of Delegation of the European Union and Mr. Ralf Becker, the First Secretary of German Embassy participated in the kick-off workshop. Mr. Becker took the opening remarks, “Greenhouse gas emissions, because of waste, can thus be limited and at the same time through integrated waste management jobs and growth in China’s new economy can be generated. Climate change mitigation and low carbon development can happen together with economic development in a green economy with the right policies and planning.”
Mr. Thorsten Giehler, the Country Director GIZ China, and Mr. Xu Wenlong, the Vice President of CAUES, emphasized the high importance of the IWM NAMA project. Mr. Yang Hongyi, the Director of Urban Environment Sanitation Management Division, summed up the status and future development trends of the municipal solid waste (MSW) management in China. Ms. Sandra Retzer, the Head of Sustainable Urbanization, Transportation and Energy, GIZ China, introduced the IWM NAMA project’s background, aims and plans. The Secretary-General of CAUES, Mr. Liu Jinghao, announced the launch of demonstration municipalities’ selection and the selection criteria.
In the afternoon, a half-day training was held. The domestic and international experts in the field of waste management and climate change were invited to share their experiences on waste segregation at source, integrated waste management, NAMA and waste-to-energy. The representative from Beijing City and Xiamen City presented their achievements and plans on waste management and waste segregation.