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

As of: March 2019

Objective and activities

Although Brazil established a progressive waste policy in 2010, GHG emissions are still increasing in the waste sector. Therefore, the project aims to improve the conditions for the use of the climate protection potential of the waste sector. Climate-relevant criteria (e.g. specific GHG reduction potential) are integrated into regulations of ministries and financing institutions. Employees of the municipalities and the private sector will be trained and decision-making support tools provided for the municipalities so they can project and implement waste management measures (capacity development). The project will support the integration of specific modules for climate-friendly waste management into university courses and the development of a German-Brazilian applied R&D network to contribute to the sustainable establishment of a climate-friendly and innovative waste policy.

State of implementation/results

  • During a delegation trip in May 2017, representatives of the Ministry of Cities Brazil, the Ministry of Environment and of Science participated at the conference “Waste to Resources” in Hanover.
  • focus on climate friendly technologies in national policy (Normativa nº 39) for the regulation of the credit lines by the programme “SANEAMENTO PARA TODOS” (sanitation for all) supported
  • Interministerial working group on systematic data collection established, first proposals to adapt data base to calculation of GHG-Inventory of Brazil developed
  • Advising on the reduction potential of the waste sector so that it has been integrated into the national strategy of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) - Resilient Cities
  • Partnership with Brasilias City Council in preparation
  • Cooperation agreements with four universities and the federal research center of Ceará federal state signed
  • First waste composting as decentralized solution by national development bank CAIXA and MMA in preparation
  • Technical presentations and panel discussions at the "Waste Expo" (Sao Paulo) with more than 150 experts
  • Support to the National Forum on Climate Change to integrate proposals to reduce GHG emissions in the waste sector, proposals published…
  • Expert Lecture "Sustainable Waste Management: A Climate Protection Tool" at the 1st South American Congress on Municipal Solid Waste and Sustainability (IBEAS) in Gramado, June 2018:… id = 10
  • Organization of an expert panel at the International Waste Congress in Brasilia "Zero Waste Cities", June 2018:…
  • Organization of a panel of experts at the National Congress of Sanitary Engineers (ABES) in Cuiabá, September 2018:…
  • Pre-concept of an innovative emissions trading system for landfill gas capture on Brazilian landfills prepared

Project data


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

Partner institution(s):
  • Ministry of Cities Brazil
  • Ministry of Cities Brazil,Ministry of Environment - Brazil,Technische Universität Braunschweig

BMU grant:
€ 5,000,000

05/2017 till 04/2021


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