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Climate friendly technologies and capacity development for the implementation of the Brazilian National Waste Policy

As of: January 2022

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

  • Until April 2021, ProteGEEr, in cooperation with five states (Ceará, Pernambuco, Mato Grosso, Distrito Federal and Minas Gerais), has supported a total of 32 municipalities with more than 7,000,000 inhabitants* generating more than 2,000,000 tons of waste annually. With the support of the project, three open landfills were closed and more than 300 waste management professionals were trained. The results with the pilot projects were published as publication, as well as a video.
  • On 23.03.2021, the first two decision support tools for the introduction and calculation of waste tariffs and for the formation of solid waste associations were presented by the Minister of the Ministry of Regional Development (Ministerio de Desenvolvimento Regional, MDR), Rogério Marinho, and the German Ambassador Heiko Thoms at an online event. There were 1200 people registered. MDR took the initiative to anchor the instruments at the state level. This has already happened in the states of Bahia, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Norte, Pernambuco, Minas Gerais, Mato Grosso, Rio Grande do Sul.
  • Starting at the end of June, MDR, in collaboration with the Brazilian Association of Companies of Public Cleaning and Hazardous Waste (Abrelpe) and the Association of Municipal Cleaning Companies (Selurb), organized training sessions on economic sustainability in the waste sector for municipalities, using the tools developed by the project.
  • On Aug. 12, the project co-hosted a seminar with the Brazilian Association of Regulators (ABAR) on "Integrated Technology Combinations and Costs" and "Implementation and Calculation of Waste Tariffs," targeting the country's main regulators.
  • Three promotional videos for the project were produced (to present the project, project results and tools).
  • On May 18, the ProteGEEr project hosted the event "10 years of National Solid Waste Policy in Brazil: the Legacy of Technological and Market Approach" at the international congress "Waste to Resources 2021" in Germany.
  • The tool "Financing options for municipal solid waste management" is available online, the other tools from the toolbox developed by the project are available on the project website since Aug. 04.
  • The virtual network organizes online teaching events with the aim of further developing the professional capacities of teachers and postgraduates so that they can assume the role of knowledge multipliers. Seven events took place between May and September 2021. All contributions will soon be available on Youtube.

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:
6.000.000,00 €

05/2017  till  07/2022



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