MSW treated

The NAMA Support Project China Integrated Waste Management (IWM NAMA) project aims to reduce GHG emissions of China’s waste sector and induce a transformational change in the way waste is handled through increasing the attractiveness of IWM and waste-to-energy solutions as financially sustainable low-carbon investment options. The supporting measures include:

  • Technical support regarding optimizing the efficiency of waste treatment facilities
  • Policy recommendations on upgrading an integrated waste management system
  • Capacity-building on “best practices of IWM”, introduction of EPR, waste prevention/3Rs etc.
  • Awareness-raising to promote waste segregation at source

Xi’an used to rely on a sanitary landfill to treat its waste, but now, as one of the 46 Key Pilot Cities for mandatory waste segregation at source, it is required to have a diversified infrastructure in place including at least a few waste-to-energy (WtE) plants and a few biogas plants for treating organic waste. It is therefore in the process of a massive readjustment of its MSW management and therefore a potent area for this pilot project. Recycling is, of course, another crucial realm of city’s activities.

The project boundary of Xi’an City covers seven urban districts (Xincheng, Beilin, Lianhu, Yanta, Baqiao, Weiyang and Chang’an). Two-levels of government are responsible for waste management in the city with Xi’an Municipal Administration Bureau being the key institution at the municipal level. It takes care for the macro-management of municipal environmental sanitation as well as guides and supervises the authorities of district-, county- and development zone-levels.

Performance of Xi’an
MSW management system in 2021

  • 1.1 Waste collection coverage (%)
  • 1.2 Waste Captured
    by the System (%)
  • 1C Quality of waste
    collection services
  • 2 Controlled
    and disposal (%)
  • 2E Degree
    of environmental
    protection in recovery
    & disposal facilities
  • 3 Recycling rate
    (%, formal system)
  • 3R Quality of 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) provision
  • 4U User inclusivity
  • 4P Provider inclusivity
  • 5F Financial sustainability
  • 6N National solid waste management framework
  • 6L Local institutional coherence

GHG emissions from the waste sector*

  • Business-as-usual (BAU) scenario (tCO2e/y)
  • Integrated Waste Management (IWM) Scenario (tCO2e/y)
* the GHG emissions data provided for the year 2022 (both BAU and IWM Scenarios) is indicative. The emissions associated with the IWM Scenario are forecasted by the project team on the basis of activities that are to be implemented within the scope of the IWM NAMA project under its direct (technical assistance) and indirect (framework conditions) support. Every year, the actual data on emissions will be updated as result of GHG emissions monitoring and published on the website.