regional Technical expert meeting on waste to energy (12 July 2018, singapore)

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.