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International environmental Technology Center
Issue #1 May 2012

About the International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC)

International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC)The International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC) is a branch of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE). Its main function is to promote the application of environmentally sound technologies (ESTs) in developing countries and countries with economies in transition. IETC currently focuses on waste management issues. Read More...

In this issue...

About the International Environment Technology Centre (IETC)

Message from the director of IETC

IETC review

IETC's new website

Tohoku international expert mission

8th Asia-Pacific eco-business forum in Kawasaki, Japan

Global Partnership on Waste Management (GPWM) meeting in Vienna, Austria

Waste Oils Workshop in Dehli, India

Spotlight: Integrated Solid Waste Management (ISWM) Project in Vietnam

Asia Pacific workshop on the Global Partnership on Waste Management (GPWM) and on Integrated Solid Waste Management (ISWM)

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Upcoming events

May 2012

  •  16 to 18: ISWM workshop and stakeholders consultation meeting in Da Nang, Vietnam. more...
  • 21 to 23:  ISWM workshop and stakeholders consultation meeting in Kampot, Cambodia. more...

June 2012

  • Second drafting workshop for world heritage nomination file for the Iraqi marshlands in Amman, Jordan. Dates will be announced shortly. more...

July 2012

  • 18 to 20: E-Waste workshop in Osaka, Japan. more...
  • 19 to 20: Healthcare waste workshop in Osaka, Japan. more..

October 2012

  • IETC 20th anniversary: 1992 - 2012
  • 31 October and 1 November: GPWM biennium conference and steering committee meeting, Osaka, Japan. more...

November 2012

  • 2: meeting of the International Advisory Board (IAB) to IETC. more...

 IETC within UNEP

The International environmental Technology Centre (IETC) is a branch of UNEP's Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE).

IETC host country partners

Ministry of Foreign affair of Japan

Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan 

City Of Osaka

Global Environment Centre Foundation (GEC)


The ISWM project in Vietnam, the Waste Oils Workshop in India and the Global Partnership on Waste Management (GPWM) are funded through the generous contribution of the donors listed below.

Korean International Cooperation

Government of Norway

Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety of Germany

French Ministry of Environment, Sustainable Development, Transport and Housing

Osaka City Sports and Greenery Association



Message from the director of IETC

Matthew Gubb, director of IETC

IETC is pleased to present the first issue of its new quarterly on-line newsletter.  2011 was a time of change for IETC, with the consolidation of operations in a single office in Osaka, Japan, in April, my own arrival as the new director in October and the refocusing of the centre's work programme to concentrate on waste management issues.

We go forward in 2012, our 20th anniversary year, with new energy and a determination to make a difference in the challenging field of waste management.  In addition to strengthening our contribution in established work areas such as waste agricultural biomass, integrated solid waste management, "e-waste" and the Global Partnership on Waste Management, we are looking forward to exciting new activities that will place environmental technology choices in their broader policy and economic context.  

In this issue of the newsletter please read about UNEP's recent international experts mission on post-tsunami debris in Japan, finding solutions for dealing with massive quantities of waste oil, and a new project to help the municipality of Da Nang, Vietnam, overcome its waste challenges. Coming up later in 2012, don't miss news of our public-private sector policy dialogue from 11-13 July and our Global Partnership conference on 14-15 November. Read more...

IETC review

IETC reviewThe arrival of the new director of IETC, Matthew Gubb, in October 2011 coincided with advice from UNEP senior management that the centre should focus its work on waste management issues and seek to become a global centre of excellence in this field. An internal UNEP review of IETC was initiated in late 2011, with the assistance of former OECD environment director, Rob Visser. The resulting "road map for the future" reflected many helpful comments from stakeholders. It provided a good overview of IETC's evolution and many useful ideas for the future, both in terms of the way IETC does its work and the possibility of new activities. Read more...

IETC's new website

IETC New WebsiteIETC is pleased to present its new website at It intends to be a one-stop shop for information about IETC's mandate, projects, partners, publications, workshops, reports and presentations.

This new website, an upgrade to the existing one, holds information not only in text but also in video and other multimedia formats.

International experts mission - disaster waste management in Tohoku, Japan

international experts mission to the Tohoku regionFollowing the Great East Japan Earthquake of 11 March 2011, the Government of Japan requested UNEP to facilitate international experience sharing in relation to disaster waste management. UNEP (DTIE/IETC and DEPI/PCDMB) organized an international experts mission to visit disaster zones in the Tohuku region which are handling massive quantities of debris generated by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami.

The mission visited Japan from 27 February to 6 March 2012. Field visits were followed by debriefing sessions for the media, the international community, national experts and other stakeholders in Tokyo (5 March) and Osaka (6 March). The mission was part of the UN family’s contribution to marking the one-year anniversary of the disaster in Japan. Read more...

8th Asia-Pacific eco-business forum in Kawasaki, Japan

8th asia-Pacific Eco-Business Forum in Kawasaki, JapanOn 8 and 9 February 2012, the City of Kawasaki, Japan, held the 8th Asia-Pacific eco-business forum, which provided a platform to exchange information on environmental technologies and international trends and to promote collaboration among participating cities.

IETC presented on the green economy in the context of the Rio+20 conference in June 2012 and on promoting eco-towns in South-East Asia, a joint project of the City of Kawasaki and IETC. For more information on eco-towns, please visit IETC's website.

Global Partnership on Waste Management meeting in Vienna, Austria

The Global Partnership on Waste Management (GPWM)On 5 and 6 December 2011, the Global Partnership on Waste Management (GPWM) secretariat held a meeting to discuss work plans for its six sponsored focal areas.

The meeting was attended by 20 international experts from international organizations, governments, and private sector. It was hosted by the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA). The full meeting report can be downloaded here. For more information on the GPWM, please visit:

Waste oils workshop in Dehli, India

Waste Oils Workshop in Dehli, IndiaAnnual global consumption of lubricating oil was estimated at 42 million tons in 2010. It is expected to reach about 45 million tons per year by 2015. Only 38% is recycled or properly destructed. Based on this observation, IETC undertook the publication of a compendium of technologies for recycling and destruction of waste oils.

The draft version of this compendium was reviewed during a workshop organized by IETC in New Dehli, India, from 30 November to 2 December 2011. The meeting was attended by twenty experts including seven international experts. Read more...

Spotlight: Integrated Solid Waste Management (ISWM) project in Vietnam

ISWM project in Da Nang, VietnamIntegrated Solid Waste Management (ISWM) is a strategic approach to the sustainable management of solid waste and is based on the 3Rs principle (reduce, reuse, recycle). ISWM enables communities to increase the recovery of usefull material or energy from waste, reduce the amount to be finally disposed of, and eliminate its harmful environmental and sanitary effects.

IETC recently started an ISWM project in Da Nang, Vietnam, in collaboration with the Vietnam Environmental Agency (VEA), with the aim of developping an ISWM plan for the city. All waste generated and the various stakeholders involved in its management are taken into consideration in the drawing of the plan, which is expected to bring tremendous economic as well environmental benefits to the city. Read more...

Asia Pacific workshop on the Global Partnership on Waste Management (GPWM) and on Integrated Solid Waste Management (ISWM)

GPWM / ISWM wokshop in Osaka, JapanIETC organized two Asia-Pacific regional workshops from 16 to 20 April 2012 at its offices in Osaka, Japan. The workshops engaged stakeholders on the Global Partnership on Waste Management (GPWM), for which IETC serves as secretariat, and on IETC's work on Integrated Solid Waste Management for municipalities (ISWM). The workshops were attended by 14 governments and a range of private sector and international organizations.

The partnership workshop, held from 16 to 18 April 2012, focused on the further development of the secretariat's assessment of capacity building needs and its information platform for waste management.

The ISWM workshop held on 19 and 20 April reviewed IETC's current projects in Cambodia and Vietnam and discussed needs for further assistance, including in relation to coastal and disaster prone cities. Read more...

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