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GPWM Newsletter

GPWM Newsletter

Issue #7  September 2013

Secretariat hosted by UNEP's International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC)

News from the secretariat

Dear colleagues, friends and partners,

The GPWM secretariat is pleased to present the 7th edition of the GPWM newsletter. In it, you will read about some of the activities that are currently going on in the six focal areas under the GPWM, namely: e-waste, waste and climate change, marine litter, waste agricultural biomass, integrated solid waste management, and waste minimization. The GPWM provides support to share this information, thereby enhancing coordination and promoting cooperation in waste management. Information is also shared through the information platform, the online information exchange tool of the GPWM.

In this issue...

News from the focal areas of work


Waste and Climate Change

Marine Litter

Waste Agricultural Biomass

Integrated Solid Waste Management

Waste Minimization

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News from the focal areas of work

The GPWM currently has six focal areas of work, namely:

The focal areas are led by different organizations; all work plans can be found here on the GPWM website.


PACE reporting progress at Basel COPs

Ewaste COPsAt the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention, held in Geneva, Switzerland in May 2013, the Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE) – participating in the GPWM focal area on e-waste – reported on the progress made since the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties in 2011. Among these activities were the revision of guidelines on environmentally sound testing, refurbishment and repair of used computing equipment, and on environmentally sound material recovery and recycling of end-of-life computing equipment. The overall guidance document on environmentally sound management of used and end-of-life computing equipment was adopted by the Parties without section 3 on transboundary movements. The draft technical guidelines on transboundary movements of e-waste and used electrical and electronic equipment, in particular regarding the distinction between waste and non-waste under the Basel Convention, is still under discussion. At the meeting in Geneva, the Conference of the Parties also adopted the Partnership work programme in its decision BC-11/15.

More information here.

Waste & Climate Change

Final preparation for workshop on quantification methods for emissions from waste activities

Final preparations are underway for a workshop to be held in Paris on 19 and 20 September 2013, on the quantification methods for greenhouse gas (GHG) and short-lived carbon pollutants (SCLP) emissions from waste activities. The event will be hosted by the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), leading the GPWM focal area on waste and climate change, in collaboration with UNEP IETC. The objective of the workshop is to bring together experts and practitioners to discuss and evaluate available GHG and SLCP emission quantification methodologies. An aim of the workshop will be to gather input to establish guidelines for understanding and using the different approaches to evaluating GHG and SLCP emissions and how it can be applied on the city level.

The workshop is organized in the context of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) Municipal Solid Waste Initiative, in which both UNEP and ISWA are partners. The initiative was organized to be a catalyzing force to reduce emissions of SLCP across the municipal solid waste sector by providing and implementing a comprehensive collection of resources for cities, including technical assistance, information exchange, networking, and training. The CCAC is working with the world’s largest leading cities to undertake a variety of efforts to tackle the largest sources of emissions from waste, including capping and closing open dumps, capturing and utilizing landfill gas, and proper waste handling, organics management and recycling.

A key starting point for these cities is the identification of appropriate quantification tools to demonstrate the emission reductions from the above referenced actions. The output from this workshop will be helpful for the CCAC work as well as other city programmes being implemented around the world.

More information here.

Marine Litter

NGOs activities in the Northwest Pacific region

Marine LitterThe Northwest Pacific Action Plan (NOWPAP), a participant in the focal area on marine litter, has been implementing its Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter (RAPMALI) working closely with non-governmental organizations in the region, such as Our Sea of East Asia Network (OSEAN) and Japan Environmental Action Network (JEAN), which are actively involved in various campaigns and projects to tackle the issue of marine litter. For example, JEAN recently conducted a field survey in Alaska to examine debris that was carried away from the Japanese coasts in the Tohoku region as a result of the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami. Earlier in 2013, JEAN also conducted field surveys on Tohoku tsunami debris in Hawaii and Oregon. JEAN has been actively collaborating with local NGOs on the West Coast of the U.S. on tsunami debris and its possible impacts on marine ecosystems.

More information here.

Waste Agricultural Biomass

22 MW biomass gas power plant to be installed in Punjab

In 2011, UNEP IETC, leading the focal area on waste agricultural biomass, in collaboration with the Institute of Environmental Engineering and Management (IEEM) at Mehran University Jamshoro, Pakistan, completed a project assisting the government of Punjab in identifying and implementing environmentally sound technologies (EST) for converting waste agricultural biomass into energy. As a result of the project, a pilot scale biogas plant was designed and constructed, and guidelines for government and private sector to undertake similar projects in the country were developed.

The successful operation of the pilot scale biogas plant as a showcase has recently led to a Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Punjab and the Canadian company Himark bioGas to install a 22 MW biomass gas power plant, which will provide energy from a renewable source to power a number of homes in the Punjab region.

Integrated Solid Waste Management

Waste Atlas maps waste management around the world

ISWM Waste AtlasIn 2012, D-Waste, a participant in the focal area on integrated solid waste management, started the Waste Atlas – a crowdsourcing, non commercial, free access map that visualizes municipal solid waste management data across the world for comparison and benchmarking purposes. Waste Atlas aims to shape the ocean of data available and transform it into meaningful information, making it available to everyone interested in the waste management sector.

Data collection and upload is based on the contribution of partner institutions and numerous individuals. To ensure reliability and consistency, the crowdsourcing data is cross-checked with other data sets. What is finally published is what is considered most accurate.

Waste Atlas has established partnerships with global and regional, scientific, technical and other waste management organizations, including the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), Sweep-Net, WTERT (Waste to Energy and Technology Council) and Solid Waste Management in Asia and Pacific Islands (SWAPI). Atlas currently hosts information for 162 Countries, for more than 1,700 Cities, and for more than 1,700 waste management facilities.

More information here.

Waste Minimization

RECPnet Centres meet to review and scale up successes

UNEP’s Sustainable Consumption and Production branch (SCP), leading the focal area on waste minimization, provides – together with UNIDO – the Secretariat to the Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production Network (RECPnet). Building on the lessons learned from the joint programme to create National Cleaner Production Centres/Programmes (NCPCs/NCPPs), which was launched in 1994, the RECPnet was established to operate as a global networking initiative. 

Over 80 Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production Network (RECPnet) member centres from around the world will meet and review RECP activities and build the vision for future work at a conference in Montreux, Switzerland, from 2 to 6 September 2013. The 3rd Global Networking Conference: “Putting decoupling into action: moving to scale”, hosted by the Swiss government, will focus on scaling up existing best practices and introducing new work areas. Topics include: eco-innovation, technology transfer, regional approaches, and enhancing demand-side approaches.  Key sectors include: chemicals, agri-food and tourism.

More information here.


Eco-towns workshop in Kawasaki, Japan, 12-13 September 2013

On 12 and 13 September 2013, UNEP IETC – leading the focal area on ISWM – in collaboration with Kawasaki City and the Global Environment Centre (GEC) Foundation, will hold a workshop on the concept and implementation of eco-towns. The workshop will bring together around 40 experts from governments, private sector, academia, and NGOs, to discuss different strategies to promote the transformation of cities/towns into eco towns and to develop a strategy paper for eco towns. The workshop will be held at the Kawasaki Environmental Research Institute KERI, Kawasaki City, Japan.

2013 International Coastal Cleanup and workshop in Okinawa, Japan, 24-26 October 2013

Sponsored by the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN) and the Japanese government, and in collaboration with the Okinawa Ocean Culture and Environment Action Network (OCEAN), the Northwest Pacific Action Plan (NOWPAP), a participant in the focal area on marine litter, will co-organize the 2013 International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) and workshop on Marine Litter Management in Okinawa, Japan, from 24 to 26 October 2013.

More information here.

Call for Presentations at 3R International Conference in Kyoto, 10-12 March 2014

The 3R International Conference on Material Cycles and Waste Management (3R International) will be held at Kyoto University (Clock Tower Centennial Hall), Kyoto, Japan, from 10 to 12 March 2014. The conference secretariat calls for oral and poster presentations from around the world, particularly from Asian countries, on a wide range of 3R and waste management related issues.

More information here.


  • Deadline for abstracts: 10 December 2013
  • Deadline for early registration: 30 January 2014
  • Conference: 10-12 March 2014
  • Welcome reception: evening of 10 March 2014

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