The meeting focuses on waste-to-energy, industrial waste reuse and prevention solutions as integral parts to achieving a circular economy and the associated triple win: economic, environmental and employment. A “circular economy” is an alternative to a traditional linear economy (make, use and dispose). It aims to use resources as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them and recover and regenerate materials at the end.
Through the abovementioned solutions, the circular economy contributes to various sustainable development goals (SDGs). It helps to meet the overall energy needs (SDG 7- affordable and clean energy) and entails GHG emission reductions (SDG 13-climate action). Furthermore, it also contributes to SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth), SDG 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure) and SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production) through the creation of job opportunities, closed loops in industries and industrial symbiosis, and recovery energy from waste.
During the session, with the help of high impact case studies/examples, currently available technological solutions and innovative approaches for waste-to-energy and waste reuse/prevention that are actionable in the short term for the Asia Pacific region are discussed. Participants are expected to also discuss and share experiences on the necessary policy environment, best practices in fostering partnerships and need of financial, technical and capacity building resources for the replication and upscaling of abovementioned solutions.
The meeting is organised by the UNFCCC secretariat and the Unitend Nations Industrial Development Organisation, with contribution of the Technology Executive Committee, in conjunction with the Asia Pacific climate week, held in Singapore from 10 to 13 July 2018.
Title: Regional Technical Expert Meeting on Enabling Waste-to-energy, Industrial Waste Reuse and Prevention Solutions to Achieve Circular Economy and Boost Climate Action
Date: 12 July 2018
Organizers: UNFCCC, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Technology Executive Committee (TEC)
Venue: Asia Pacific Climate Week, Singapore
11:00 - 11:15 INTRODUCTION & OPENING REMARKS
Brief introduction of the workshop and welcome by the moderator - Rene van Berkel, Representative and head of the regional office of UNIDO in India
Opening remarks - Slawomir Mazurek, Deputy Minister of the Environment, Poland
Opening remarks - Dinara Gershinkova, TEC Vice Chair
11:15 - 11:45 CASE STUDIES
3 case studies on what has been done so far and the lessons learnt.
To set the scene and ensure maximum engagement during the session, the presenters of case studies will be asked to address the following questions related to where we are regarding waste-to-energy, industrial waste reuse and prevention solutions in the region:
• What are the observed technological and policy evolutions on waste-to-energy, industrial waste reuse and prevention solutions, that qualify as best practices resulting into emission reductions and sustainable development co-benefits?
• What were the enablers and challenges/barriers for the successful implementation of the presented case studies? How were the challenges overcome?
• What were the lesson learned that could be useful to scale up and replicate the best practices in the regional context?
Case study presenters :
• Brahmanand Mohanty, Independent Energy and Resource Management Expert : Technical insights on waste-to-energy projects in Lao, Thailand and Cambodia
• Abhishek Bansal, Head of Sustainability, Arvind Limited : Private sector focusing on enhancing sustainability and promoting the idea of a circular economy across key inputs such as cotton, energy, water, and chemicals
• Solomone Fifita, Manager of Pacific Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (PCREEE): Policy / Institutional perspective on proposed Circular Economy concept for Tonga with a focus on WtE technologies).
11:45 - 12:25 ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION
A moderated roundtable discussion based on the case study presentations and guiding questions.
The moderated round table discussion will delve into discussing what do we want to achieve to enhance opportunities in the waste-to energy, industrial waste reuse and prevention solutions that are actionable in the short term, and how do we get there.
• What should be the vision/goal in terms of harnessing mitigation potential and co-benefits of waste-to-energy, industrial waste reuse and prevention policies, practices and actions?
• What are the specific financial, technology and capacity building resources necessary to upscale and replicate innovative waste-to-energy, industrial waste reuse and prevention solutions in the Asia Pacific regions, that will contribute to achieve vision/goal discussed in abovementioned question?
• How to deal with the contractual arrangements between the national, subnational and local governments and the technology providers?
• What are the ways forward and necessary actions to be taken by Parties, non-Party stakeholders and organizations to meet identified financial, technological and capacity building needs for waste-to-energy, industrial waste reuse and prevention solutions, including through regional mitigation initiatives/partnership?
Contributors for roundtable discussion:
• Three case study presenters
• Khun Thitiporn Pech-audom, Asia Biogas
• General audience
12:25 - 12:30 CLOSING REMARKS
The report will be published subsequent to the closure of the workshop