CCAC: Waste, Mitigating SLCPs from the Municipal Solid Waste Sector

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Name of initiative Mitigating SLCPs from the Municipal Solid Waste Sector
LPAA initiative No
NAZCA Initiative Yes
Website address
Related initiatives
Starting year 2012
End year
Secretariat Sandra Mazo-Nix, UNEP Paris, 1 rue Miollis, Building VII , 75 015 Paris , France, phone:(+33) 1 44 37 14 73, e-mail:
Organisational structure This initiative is led by a Steering Group made up of representatives from the governments: Canada, Mexico, Germany, Sweden, Congo, and the United States; from the international organizations: World Bank, International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) and UNEP; and from NGOs: C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP), Brazilian Association of Public Cleansing and Waste Management Companies (ABRELPE), The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), Serbian Solid Waste Association (SeSWA), and Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES).

The MSWI has a Knowledge Platform with the objective to disseminate MSW management best practices and foster participation in the MSW Initiative.

Geographical coverage Global
Name of lead organisation UNEP Paris
Type of lead organisation United Nations or Specialised agency
Location/Nationality of lead organisation France


Description This initiative aims to reduce methane and air pollution across the municipal solid waste sector by securing city and country commitments to undertake a variety of best practice policies and strategies for waste.

IN NAZCA called "Municipal Solid Waste Initiative".

Objectives By December 2015, 50 cities globally will commit to develop and implement quantifiable

plans of action to reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs) from the waste sector by 2020, with support from national and partner city governments;

By December 2020, expand the global city network to reach an additional 100 cities to build capacity and utilize the networks tools and resources to mainstream SLCP-considerations in waste management practices;

The initial 150 cities that join the initiative by 2020 will motivate and lead to up to 1,000 cities undertaking action by communicating, sharing, disseminating, mentoring, and scaling around the world their own successful best practices, supported by partners.

Activities Cities are currently piloting innovative waste practices through a pipeline of activities that begin by collecting reliable waste data (often unavailable in developing cities) and utilizing this data to design integrated waste management systems that address municipal waste priorities, including creating jobs and improving human health and sanitation, while reducing SLCPs.

Cities will be trained to design integrative systems that are financially sustainable and to mobilize public and private financing to implement projects. Cities and national governments are and will continue to work closely to replicate pilot city programs nationally, regionally and globally.

The network will develop a set of tools to build the capacity of local governments to financially, socially and ecologically manage their municipal solid waste, and to measure progress, including quantifying their baseline emissions and emission reductions (projected and actual).

One or two success stories achieved

Monitoring and Impacts

Function of initiative Political dialogue, Capacity building, Technical dialogue
Activity of initiative Knowledge dissemination and exchange, Training and education, Awareness raising and outreach
Goals Objectives by COP22:

• Continue to add cities, participants and mentors, to the MSWI Global City Network to reach the goal of 150 cities in 2020 that have implemented quantifiable plans of actions to reduce SLCPs from the waste sector. • Engage country partners to participate as a Lead Partner of the Initiative. • Hold capacity building webinars on: use of the MSWI Emission Quantification Tool, and financing • Hold a regional workshop in Novi Sad, Serbia, for cities in Eastern Europe, Middle East and North Africa to engage new cities, share best waste management practices and inspire and catalyze city action.

Long-term objectives: • To work with a targeted group of cities in key regions towards implementation of action to reduce SLCPs from the waste sector. • To strengthen national policies directed at supporting sustainable waste management that reduce SLCP emissions at the city level. • Support, enhance, and scale up action beyond target cities: create a standardised and internationally vetted set of guidance tools to scale up the results of Objectives 1 and 2, towards self-directed action and access peer support.

The Waste Initiative has a program of activities that are funded and approved by the CCAC Working Group. The Waste Initiative has a 5-year logic model that lays out the objectives, expected outcomes, and the timeline to achieve the outcomes.

Comments on indicators and goals
How will goals be achieved
Have you changed or strenghtened your goals
Progress towards the goals Progress since COP21: The following cities have joined MSWI since COP 21: Boras (Sweden), Curitiba (Brazil), Naucalpan (Mexico), Malé (Maldives). Toluca (Mexico), Tunis (Tunisia), and Umea (Sweden). The country of Maldives has also joined the MSWI.

Provided technical assistance to Nairobi, Kenya; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Rayong, Thailand; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Cebu City, Philippines; Map Ta Phut, Thailand; Panvel, India. Regional workshop for Latin American countries held in Washington, DC (USA). The event offered participants from 15 Latin American cities training to use the tools developed by the MSWI and the opportunity to learn from the shared experiences of international waste and finance experts and partners and in the region. The workshop encouraged hands-on learning, incorporating a range of activities including training, breakout sessions, one-on-one work with experts, and a series of presentations and roundtable discussions. Several of the cities in attendance became part of the MSWI City Network.

Regional workshop in Novi Sad, Serbia, for cities in Eastern Europe, Middle East and North Africa. The workshop was attended by representatives from twelve cities from the South East Europe region, one city from Ethiopia and one city from Iran. Participating experts supported the workshop by providing their technical expertise to the cities. Several of the cities in attendance became part of the MSWI City Network.

Below is a list of deliverables: • Emission Quantification Tool package • Financing guides for composting and landfill gas projects • Plans of Action for the cities of Rayong and Map Ta Phut • Work plan for the City of Battambang, Cambodia • City exchange between the cities of Cebu and Kitakyushu • Strategy to enhance citizens’ awareness of the City of Sao Paulo towards recycling and collection of source separated waste.

How are you tracking progress of your initiative
Available reporting The initiative reporting is part of the CCAC annual reporting. The CCAC Annual Reports can be found on


Participants Number Names
Members 38  
Companies 0
Business organisations 0
Research and educational organisations 0
Non-governmental organisations 16 International Solid Waste Association - ISWA (Austria),  UNEP International Environmental Technology Centre (Kenya),  IADB (Philippines),  Asian Institute of Technology (Thailand),  Center for Clean Air Policy - CCAP (USA),  TERRE Policy Centre (India),  Institute for Global Environmental Strategies - IGES (Japan),  Gevalor (France),  United Nations Centre for Regional Development - UNCRD (Japan),  Global Environment Centre Foundation - GEC (Japan),  Brazilian Association Of Public Cleansing And Waste Management Companies - ABRELPE (Brazil),  Centro De Gestion Tecnologica e Informatica Industrial - CEGESTI (Costa Rica),  The Energy And Resources Institute - TERI (India)
National states 19 Bangladesh,  Canada,  Chile,  Colombia,  Cote d'Ivoire,  Dominican Republic,  Ethiopia,  Germany,  Ghana,  Japan,  Jordan,  Liberia,  Maldives,  Mexico,  Netherlands,  Nigeria,  Peru,  Sweden,  United States of America.
Governmental actors 0
Regional / state / county actors 0
City / municipal actors 0
Intergovernmental organisations 0
Financial Institutions 3 World Bank (USA),  Inter-American Development Bank - IDB (USA),  Bank of Australia (Australia).
Other members 0
Supporting partners 0
Number of members in the years
Have only national states as participators No


Transport Agriculture Forestry Business Financial institutions Buildings Industry Waste Cities and subnational governments Short Term Pollutants International maritime transport Energy Supply Fluorinated gases Energy efficiency Renewable energy Supply chain emission reductions Adaptation Other Resilience Innovation Energy Access and Efficiency Private Finance
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Last update: 11 November 2019 10:18:08

Not only have national states as participators