Waste and Climate Change

Waste and Climate ChangeAlthough the waste management sector makes a relatively minor contribution to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, it is in a unique position to move from being a minor source of global emissions to becoming a major saver of emissions. While minor levels of emissions are released through waste treatment and disposal, the prevention and recovery of wastes (i.e. as secondary materials or energy) avoids emissions in all other sectors of the economy. The work plan for the focal area on waste and climate change aims to promote a holistic approach to waste management that will have positive consequences for GHG emissions from the energy, forestry, agriculture, mining, transport, and manufacturing sectors.

The focal area on waste and climate change is led by the International Solid Waste Management Association (ISWA).