This Technology Transfer Advances Colombia's
- Nationally Determined Contribution to "Reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 20% with respect to the projected Business-as-Usual Scenario (BAU) by 2030".
The Colombian government has reformed its solid waste management regulations to enable the use of alternative treatment technologies. Current tariff structures do not recognize alternative treatment methods (recycling, compost, RDF, etc.) as part of a waste public service. In addition, the absence of a coordinated, national solid waste management policy, and a city-level action plan for integrated waste management policies, hampers the implementation of the project. Colombia is proposing the implementation of the Solid Waste Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) pilot project, to shift the view of conventional waste management and promote alternative treatment methods, between public and private stakeholders and policymakers of the country.
The City of Cali requested a quick response assistance with deploying an alternative Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) treatment plant that will contribute to reducing GHG emissions.
The CTCN and partner, the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), provided the following technology assistance in Colombia:
- Conduct technical feasibility study, including existing studies to identify appropriate technology
- Elaborate on deployment structures for the selected, treatment technology
- Create business model for MSW plant
- Develop a plan to access financing
- Conduct capacity building activities on operation of selected plant
- Conduct technical studies to determine the most feasible waste treatment technology for two additional pilot cities to facilitate replication and up-scaling
For further details, please see Documents section below.
Relevant Technologies and Approaches
- Demonstration of the technical and financial feasibility of an alternative MSW treatment plant
- Implementation of MSW plant
- Job creation
- More efficient waste sector and role model function for to the region
- Reduced GHG (mainly CH4) emissions from landfills
Administrative Department of Environmental Management (DAGMA); Autonomous University of the West Cali; Carvajal Foundation; CEMPRE; Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Climate Change Division; Ministry of Housing, Cities and Territory; Regional Autonomous Corporation of the Cauca River Valley; Universidad de Valle and Universidad (ICESI); Social Wealth Secretariat of Santiago de Cali.