As of: November 2016
Support for implementing the Dominican Republic's climate-compatible development plan in the cement and waste sectors
Objective and activities
The aim of the project is to support the Dominican Republic in implementing its national climate-compatible development plan. In 2010-2011, another International Climate Initiative project advised the government on drafting this plan, which identifies the waste and cement sectors as 'quick wins' where a comparatively low level of funding can greatly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over the short term. Above all, alternative energy sources need to be introduced into the cement industry. One way to meet this objective is through 'co-processing', which means that waste is used as a resource and/or energy source and replaces natural resources and fossil fuels in energy-intensive industrial processes. This approach reduces GHG emissions as well as dependence on fossil fuel imports. Furthermore, the introduction of a corresponding waste management system can reduce environmental pollution and open up new income opportunities for local waste collectors. To support this process, the project is strengthening institutional structures and building up the knowledge base. In cooperation with partners, the project is developing nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs), implementing pilot measures in selected fields of action, and introducing a system to monitor GHG emissions, mitigation actions and project impacts (MRV).
State of implementation/results
- Training of 15 institutions in MRV systems and NAMA approaches. In addition, support of "round tables" to develop further NAMA approaches together with the partner organizations (inter alia NAMA Energia).
- Provision of technical inputs to regulations in waste legislation with respect to the co-processing, including: revision of the draft of the "General Waste Law" with focus on producer liability, old tires regulation (adopted in March 2015), administrative regulation for the thermal recycling of household refuse. As part of the established dialogue on waste legislation (Plataforma de Dialogo) organisation of the 2nd "ZACK Annual Conference" (Foro Zack with more than 300 participants) in November 2015. The Conference provided important inputs to the co-processing and for the revision of the regulatory environment in waste area.
- For the purpose of supply chains from municipal / industrial waste organisation of workshops on co-processing for the target group waste pickers. In addition, in-depth analysis of waste streams in the pilot regions with the aim of identification of high quality caloric waste with low transport distances and low processing costs.
- Implementation of a journalist competition on climate change. The winners of the prize participated as official press representatives at the COP21. As a consequence very intense reporting from the climate negotiations in Paris was conducted.