Updated: Jun 29
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Center for Clean Air Policy Methane Mitigation Program Manager Brooks Shaffer is set to present at the Global Methane, Climate and Clean Air Forum in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, September 29 from 2-3:30 p.m. ET (USA). Brooks will be presenting on CCAP’s latest methane mitigation initiatives as part of a joint technical session on Policies to Incentivize Solutions and Finance for Implementation, alongside CCAP colleague and Waste Expert Gerardo Canales of ImplementaSur.
Taking place from September 26-30, the Forum is a premier global climate event hosted by the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) and the Global Methane Initiative (GMI). It brings together policymakers, industry leaders, technical experts and researchers from around the world to discuss opportunities to protect the climate and improve air quality with a special focus on methane.
“CCAP is thrilled to be engaged and presenting with our partners on the critical work to reduce methane emissions — the only way to slow global warming in the short term,” said Brooks. “We look forward to showcasing our contribution to the zero race, reducing methane from the waste sector in Latin America and highlighting the opportunities that exist to reduce methane with bankable projects that balance economics with the environment.”
Methane is a super pollutant, whose impact is 86 times greater than CO2 over a 20-year period. Recovery, composting and anaerobic digestion are all methods to productively reuse or reduce methane emissions. Even though it is responsible for half of today's net global warming, methane receives only 2% of global climate finance. CCAP is starting work with six Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) countries to reduce methane emissions from food and organic waste.
During their presentation, Brooks and Gerardo will be discussing the financial mechanism of a current initiative to reduce methane emissions from the waste sector in Peru. The project has recently taken a major step forward, entering the detailed preparation phase (DPP) of the Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) Facility process. The DPP will be completed in mid-2023 and, if successful, will lead to the project’s implementation over the following five years.
The goal of the initiative is to reimagine Peru’s waste sector from a system that relies on landfills to one that introduces circular economy concepts and strives to capture methane emissions and convert them to useable energy. The proposal consists of 22 waste sector methane reduction projects, focused on the technologies of landfill gas recovery, composting and anaerobic digestion.
The Peru project is one of five that has been selected to go forward in the DPP, from an original application pool of 57 projects worldwide. If successful, it would be among the first waste sector projects supported by the NAMA Facility. According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), organic waste is the source of over 36 percent of Peru’s methane emissions. You can learn more about the Peru Methane Mitigation Project here.
Many of the Global Methane, Climate and Clean Air Forum’s sessions will be live streamed this year. To view Brooks’ session on Thursday, go here. Click here to view the full list of live-streamed events.
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