Climate friendly technologies and capacity development for the implementation of the Brazilian National Waste Policy - Internationale Climate Initiative (IKI)
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Climate friendly technologies and capacity development for the implementation of the Brazilian National Waste Policy

As of: March 2021

Although Brazil established a progressive waste policy in 2010, greenhouse gas emissions are still increasing in the waste sector. The project therefore aims to improve the conditions in this sector with the aim of exploiting the climate protection potential. To this end, climate-relevant criteria are integrated into the regulations, rules, laws, etc., enacted by the ministries. Municipal and private sector employees are also given training and decision-making support instruments are provided for the municipalities to help them plan and implement waste management measures that impact on climate protection (‘capacity development’). The project supports the integration of climate-friendly waste management measures into study courses and the establishment of a German-Brazilian research and advisory network. In this way it helps to firmly anchor a sustainable, climate-friendly and innovative waste policy.

State of implementation/results

  • The January 2020 call for tenders by the Industry Association of the State of Rio de Janeiro (Federação de Industrias - FIRJAN) for innovative energy efficiency solutions in water, waste water and waste management contains criteria for greenhouse gas reduction in waste management measures - based on the project's advice.
  • At the Connected Smart Cities event (9th - 10 September 2020), the project presented the decision support tools "Integrated Technology Combinations and Costs" and "GHG Emissions in Waste Management".
  • The online seminars organised together with the partner university UERJ (Universidade Estadual do Rio de Janeiro) are still available online:

    • Energy recovery from municipal waste.
    • Ten years of national waste policy.
    • Waste and climate (protection).

  • With the support of the project the pilot municipality of Campo Verde has procured the first technical equipment for waste plants with MMA funds (approx. € 800,000).
  • The structuring of the waste management association Convale (pilot in the state of Ceará) is bearing its first fruits with the tender for the concession of the waste management system.
  • In cooperation with six partner universities, 20 research projects on sustainable waste management by various institutions in Brazil (CAPES, FINEP and FDD) and in Germany (BMBF, DAAD and PREVENT) were submitted.
  • Cooperation agreements were signed with nine partner universities and the State Research Institute of the State of Ceará (NUTEC).
  • Twelve pilot municipalities in Pernambuco, Mato Grosso and Ceará, received further training on the topics of waste tariffs, integrated technology combinations and costs as well as GHG emissions in waste management, and concrete scenarios for the municipalities were developed.
  • The circular economy concept was integrated into the publication of a call for tenders by the Environment Ministry for investment grants in the waste sector (approx. 7 million euros).
  • The public consultation on PLANSAB (National Plan for Basic Sanitation) was completed in April. Climate criteria have been integrated.
  • The platform "Financing possibilities for municipal waste management", developed together with MDR and MMA, is already online.

  • Project data


    Implementing organisation:
    Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

    Political partner(s):
    • Ministry of Regional Development - Brazil

    Implementing partner(s):
    • Ministry of Environment - Brazil
    • Ministry of Regional Development - Brazil
    • Technische Universität Braunschweig

    BMU grant:
    5.000.000,00 €

    05/2017  till  04/2021



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