Trainings in Jordan and South Africa on how to better manage GHG inventory and UNFCCC Biennial Update Reports in the waste sector

Group photo of training participants in South Africa, Photo: ©Brian McCarthy/RWA

Group photo of training participants in South Africa, Photo: ©Brian McCarthy/RWA

The IKI-project Information Matters, together with the sectoral BMZ-funded project “Concepts for sustainable waste management and circular economy”, have developed a new training concept on the compilation of national Greenhouse Gas (GHG) inventories and the identification of mitigation options in the waste sector. This concept guides countries through the relevant methodologies of the 2006 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate change (IPCC) guidelines for the preparation of national GHG inventories specifically for the waste sector, provides in-depth training on waste data management and on calculation methods to estimate GHG emissions. Furthermore, it supports the identification of mitigation actions in the waste sector as well as the estimation of the impacts on GHG emissions.

First trainings were held in South Africa (November 12th-15th in Pretoria) and Jordan (November 24th – 26 thin Dead Sea). They were attended by participants from both the national and sub-national government levels, as well as from university and research institutes. The attendees had the chance to get together and discuss on ways to improve waste data collection and management and how to improve GHG emissions estimates in their countries. Further, mitigation options in both countries were analysed in view of their GHG emissions reductions impacts. Avoiding biodegradable organic materials ending up at disposal sites and generating methane was highlighted as an essential possibility for mitigation.

Group photo of training participants in Jordan, Photo: ©Brian McCarthy/RWA

The workshops were very useful not only in terms of improving the technical knowledge of participants in both countries, but also in bringing together practitioners from both the national and sub-national government levels and from the climate change and waste management fields.

South Africa recently finalised its third Biennial Update Report (BUR) and workshop participants can now use their new acquired knowledge for the review. The Climate Support Programme (CSP) was partner in this workshop. The IKI-project supports the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), inter alia, in the areas of mitigation and Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV), and transparency. This includes, but is not limited to, support for DEA´s GHG improvement programme to better the accuracy of South Africa´s inventory as well as the related GHG reporting programme to improve national and international reporting (e.g. through an independent review of the third BUR). Further, the training was a complementary contribution to CSP´s waste flagship programme, implemented in partnership with DEA´s waste branch and 12 participating municipalities, who were also present at the training. Lastly, the training contributed to CSP´s Local Government Support Programme as implemented in partnership with the Chief Directorate Mitigation of DEA´s Climate Change branch which is meant to introduce mitigation options in different sectors, one of them being waste.

Group presentation on data flow in the waste sector in Jordan, Photo: ©Isabela Santos/GIZJordan, as well, is working on its reporting under the UNFCCC. The country is expected to prepare its fourth National Communication and second BUR in 2019 and plans to submit in 2020. In the area of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) supports the Jordan Ministry of Environment with the project “Supporting enhanced governance for NDC review and implementation in Jordan”. Within this IKI-project, Jordan is expected to develop its MRV system for the waste sector and establish a framework for transparency reporting at the national level. The three-days-training in Jordan was organised by the Information Matter project together with this IKI-project and gave participants room for exchange on reporting systems and their implementation.

The Information Matters project is providing support to developing countries since 2013 to build up capacities at the technical and institutional level to comply with the UNFCCC reporting requirements. The project works on laying the foundation to establish national systems able to deal with future reporting requirements under the Enhanced Transparency Framework (ETF) of the Paris Agreement. More trainings on waste sector management are planned in Algeria and the Kingdom of Eswatini.