Developing circular economy roadmaps for abating GHG emissions from the waste sector in Zambia



According to Zambia’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), the country intends to reduce its CO2 emissions by implementing three (3) programs driven by the country’s Climate Response Strategy and supported by National Development Policies including Energy, Forestry, Agriculture, Water, Town and Country Planning, Sanitation, and Transport.

Waste management is one of the priority issues affecting the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Region. The rising quality of life and high rates of resource consumption patterns have resulted in generation of wastes beyond the handling capacities of the majority of most waste management authorities.

The urban population in Africa is increasing at a faster rate than any other continent (3.5 per cent per annum). Although waste generation is currently lower in Africa than in the developed world, sub-Saharan Africa is forecast to become the dominant region globally in terms of total waste generation if current generation trends persist. Waste generation in Africa, like in other developing regions in the world, is driven by population growth, rapid urbanization, a growing middle class, changing consumption habits and production patterns, and global waste trade and trafficking. The African Union has called on African cities to commit to recycling at least 50 per cent of the urban waste they generate by 2023 and to grow urban waste recycling industries.

CTCN Support

Assess the current status of the integration of the concept of circular economy and to develop a draft roadmap:

  • key stakeholders and current initiatives;
  • the circular economy value and definition of benefits, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges in the country;
  • identify potential projects that can be prepared and scaled-up as a follow-up of this technical assistance.

Expected Impact

Focus on the climate benefits originating from a circular economy model will help in the implementation of the National Determined Contributions (NDCs) and the achievement of the goals of the Paris Agreement. As an outcome of the circular economy roadmap supported by the CTCN, at least one pilot project will be selected carrying high potential to be implemented as a follow-up of the technical assistance.



Date of submission
Geographical scope
Waste management

Project details

Cross-sectoral enabler
Governance and planning
Endogenous technologies
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Ministry of Technology and Science