Co-organized by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and China Association of Urban Environmental Sanitation (CAEUS), the IWM NAMA closing event was successfully held on May 18-19, 2023, in Beijing.
(Photo: closing event)
Officially launched in September 2017 and with a duration of six years, the China Integrated Waste Management NAMA Support Project (IWM NAMA) is an international project funded by the NAMA Facility, supported by the Chinese Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MoHURD), implemented by GIZ and the China Association of Urban Environmental Sanitation (CAUES), with the aim of promoting the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the field of waste management in China and supporting the transformation of China’s municipal waste management industry.
(Mr. Fan Hongliang, Deputy Director of the Department of Urban Construction of MoHURD)
(Mr. Zhang Zhenshan, UN-Habitat Programme Manager for China)
(Ms. Harriet Hall, Deputy Head of Climate and Environment of British Embassy in China)
(Mr. Xu Wenlong, President of China Association of Urban Environmental Sanitation)
(Mr. Martin Hofmann, Head of Cluster Climate, Energy, Environment and Biodiversity of GIZ East Asia)
To start with, Mr. Fan Hongliang, Deputy Director of the Department of Urban Construction of MoHURD, Mr. Zhang Zhenshan, UN-Habitat Programme Manager for China, Ms. Harriet Hall, Deputy Head of Climate and Environment of British Embassy in China, Mr. Xu Wenlong, President of China Association of Urban Environmental Sanitation, and Mr. Martin Hofmann, Head of Cluster Climate, Energy, Environment and Biodiversity of GIZ East Asia, delivered speeches in turn during the opening session of the closing event, affirming the achievements of the IWM NAMA project over the implementation period and putting forward suggestions as well as expectations for the waste management industry in China.
After the opening speeches, an award ceremony was organized. Representatives from five demonstration cities (Suzhou, Bengbu, Xi’an, Lanzhou and Tai’an) received awards and certificates of “Demonstration Municipalities of IWM NAMA project” from GIZ and the CAUES as an accomplishment for their achievements during the project implementation period.
(Mr. Liu Jinghao, Vice-President of China Association of Urban Environmental Sanitation)
(Ms. Melissa TAN, Regional Development Network Representative)
(Ms. Liu Xiao, Project Manager of IWM NAMA Project, GIZ China)
Three keynote speeches were delivered by Mr. Liu Jinghao, Vice-President of China Association of Urban Environmental Sanitation, Ms. Melissa TAN, Regional Development Network Representative, and Ms. Liu Xiao, with the topic of Development and outlook of China’s waste management, Global Trends and Challenges of Waste Management and the emphasized presentation on the Outputs and Outcomes of IWM NAMA project.
During the following 1.5 days, seven technical sessions were organized, namely: “Integrated Waste Management and Low-carbon Development: China and the World”, “Towards a Low-carbon and Sustainable MSW Management”, “Integrated Waste Management and Low-carbon Development: Demo Cities”, “Outlook for Green Development of Environmental Sanitation in China – Business Model Discussion”, “Accounting and Standard System of Emission Reduction in the Context of Waste Sorting and Segregation”, “New Topics of MSWM: Plastic Pollution Control and Marine Litter Reduction” and “Environmental Education and Public Awareness Raising”. 19 domestic and foreign experts in the field of waste management shared their insights on the development trend and challenge of integrated waste management from multiple levels such as policy, practice, and technology. In-depth discussions and exchanges during the four dialogue sessions were carried out, focusing on “MSW Management: China in the World”, “Marine Waste Management – Plastic Reduction Certification System”, “Promote the Integrated Waste Management and Low-carbon Development” and “From Waste Management to Social Governance: The Touchstone of Social Civilization”.
(Photo: participants of closing event, day 1)
More than 150 representatives from local governments, environmental protection departments, housing and construction departments, scientific research institutes, financial institutes, universities, enterprises in the waste sector joined the meeting onsite. There were over 41,000 clicks in total on the parallel online-livestreaming room.
Although the IWM NAMA project is coming to an end, the development of the waste management industry and the low carbon transition will continue, for a cleaner city and a better planet!