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International Environmental Technology Centre
Issue #1 March 2012

About the International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC)

International Environmental Technology CentreThe 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.

In May 1991, UNEP's Governing Council took a decision to further strengthen UNEP's role in sustainable environmental management by calling for the creation of an International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC). The centre was inaugurated in October 1992 in Japan and officially opened in 1994. 

IETC focuses on identifying and showcasing environmentally sound technologies (ESTs) and management practices primarily in the area of waste management.

IETC is supported by the Global Environment Centre (GEC) Foundation. In addition to providing staff and logistical support, GEC collaborates on joint projects and serves as a liaison between IETC and related organizations in Japan.

In this issue...

About the International Environment Technology Centre (IETC)

Message from the IETC Director

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


IETC within UNEP


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 below listed donors.

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


Upcoming events

February - March 2012
  •  February 27th to March 6th: International waste debris experts mission to northeastern Japan

April 2012
  • 16th to 20th: GPWM Asia-Pacific workshop, Osaka, Japan

October 2012
  • IETC 20th anniversary: 1992 - 2012

November 2012
  • Dates still to be confirmed: GPWM Biennium Conference and Steering Committee Meeting, Osaka, Japan


Message from the IETC Director

Matthew Gubb, Director of IETCIETC is pleased to present the first issue of its quarterly newsletter. The newsletter will highlight some of IETC’s ongoing activities and projects.

In 2005, IETC developed a full-fledged portfolio on waste management, which initially comprised two focal areas: resource augmentation by utilizing waste and integrated solid waste management (ISWM). After the successful implementation of an initial set of activities, there was strong demand to address specific waste streams such as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE / e-waste), waste agricultural biomass, health care waste, waste oils, waste plastics, and disaster debris. In 2009, UNEP Governing Council 25 acknowledged the efforts of IETC and asked for a scaling up of the activities.

Historically, water has been a key focal area with initiatives on the management of lakes and reservoirs, Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) based on the ecosystem approach, and promotion of water-related ESTs. IETC's water and sanitation programme has aimed to improve access to safe drinking water and sanitation, particularly through wastewater management. In the future, water and sanitation will be addressed as part of the waste management agenda.

With almost 20 years of experience in technology support, demonstration/ pilot projects, capacity building, and advisory services, IETC has serviced more than 20 countries on three continents.


IETC Review

IETC ReviewIn 2011, IETC was restructured and underwent a review process. The objective of the review process was to rethink the centre’s role and seek a fresh start in order to fulfill the considerable potential of its mandate. The review has led to a road map, suggesting that IETC focus on waste management issues. Interested parties may request the full road map report by email at


IETC's New Website

IETc New WebsiteIETC is pleased to present its new website: The new website hosts information on IETC, past meetings, publications, and upcoming events.


International Experts Mission - Disaster Waste Management in Tohoku, Japan

Tohoku International Expert MissionFrom 27 February to 6 March 2012, IETC undertakes an international experience sharing: management of debris created by the Tohoku Tsunami, in the area most affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and the Tsunami that followed on 11 March 2011. One of the impacts of the Tsunami was the generation of massive quantities of debris, which overwhelmed the existing infrastructure of the affected local communities. However, local municipalities have been very fast in responding to the challenges posed by the Tsunami disaster waste generation.

The Government of Japan requested UNEP to conduct an international experience sharing programme for five international and one Japanese expert who have been involved in earthquake and tsunami debris management around the world.

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 held the 8th Asia-Pacific Eco-Business Forum in Kawasaki, Japan, which provided a platform to exchange information on cutting-edge 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 ManagementOn 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, IndiaFrom 30 November to 2 December 2011, IETC held a workshop in New Delhi, India to review the draft Compendium of Technologies for recycling and destruction of waste oils that IETC has prepared. The meeting was attended by twenty experts including seven international experts. The experts reviewed the compendium and gave valuable recommendations to improve it.

The compendium was deemed a very useful tool for developing countries to identify suitable recycling and/or destruction technologies for waste oil. The compendium has since been finalized and will be available here around April 2012.




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

ISWM Project in VietnamIntegrated Solid Waste Management (ISWM) refers to the strategic approach to the sustainable management of solid wastes and is based on the 3R (reduce, reuse, recycle) principles. Ideally, ISWM covers all waste generators and involves all stakeholders.

IETC’s projects on ISWM have shown that the development and implementation of ISWM plans can enable local authorities to significantly reduce the overall amount of waste generated and increase the recovery of valuable materials and/or energy from waste. Thus, ISWM plans have the potential to augment the revenue of waste management activities, which, in turn, helps to compensate the expenditures for solid waste management.

IETC is building local and national capacity based on guidelines covering the various steps in developing the ISWM plan, including: the waste inventory and situation analysis of the present waste management system to develop comprehensive baseline data; target setting and identification of stakeholders’ issues of concern to assess priorities and concerns and to create local ownership; and the development of the plan based on the collected data and local situation.

Since IETC launched its portfolio on waste management in 2005, ISWM has become an important pillar of UNEP IETC’s work. Tailor-made ISWM plans have been developed for nine cities in Asia-Pacific, Africa, and South America.

Recently, a new ISWM project has been started in Da Nang, Vietnam, in collaboration with the Vietnam Environmental Agency (VEA). The project aims to develop an ISWM plan for the city of Da Nang. Currently, a baseline report characterizing and quantifying the waste and assessing the current waste management system is being developed.

Responding to a request by the Osaka city government, the Global Environment Centre Foundation (GEC) is organizing a workshop in Ho Chi Minh city in cooperation with IETC. At this workshop, IETC will share its experience on previous ISWM projects and discuss the challenges and opportunities to introduce ISWM based on the 3R approach in Ho Chi Minh city.




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