BOGOTA, Colombia – CCAP hosted the Kickoff Workshop for the Community of Practice on Reducing Methane Emissions from Organic Sources in Latin America and the Caribbean (CoP Met-LAC) in Bogota, Colombia, alongside LEDS LAC, ImplementaSur and the Global Methane Hub from Nov. 14-15.
The CoP Met-LAC supports 10 countries in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region in contributing to the Global Methane Pledge of reducing methane emissions by 30% by 2030. The aim of the program is to raise awareness about the significant opportunities that exist to reduce methane emissions and make use of the waste countries produce, while supporting the development of enabling conditions so that sustainable projects can be implemented quickly and effectively.
The CoP Met-LAC facilitates peer-to-peer learning, providing technical support and fostering knowledge exchange among relevant waste sector actors within the LAC region. The CoP is part of the Recycle Organics framework and includes Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Grenada, Honduras, México and Perú.
The Workshop laid the groundwork for this new methane mitigation initiative, bringing together representatives from public and private sector organizations, along with other actors from 10 countries in the LAC region to establish connections between the different participating institutions, identify progress, challenges and needs for prioritizing waste management topics for training activities to be developed within the framework of the Community.
It allowed CoP members to connect in-person for the first time and establish a common framework regarding the importance of reducing methane emissions, alternatives to reducing emissions from organic sources, the benefits in terms of national and local development and other relevant issues.
View the photos from the Workshop below:
On Wednesday, the team visited Control Ambiental de Colombia Organic Waste Plant in Facatativá, Cundinamarca, Colombia. From tackling initial odor issues to becoming a cutting-edge organic waste facility, their path is truly inspiring. Their systematized composting techniques alone curtail 65,000 tons of CO2e emissions annually. Each ton of waste treated avoids 3.82 tons of CO2e emitted into the atmosphere. Control Ambiental processes a staggering 17,000 tons of organic waste each year, which is roughly equivalent to what Colombia generates in a day.
CCAP’s mission is to support every step of climate action, from ambition to implementation. A recognized world leader in climate policy and action, CCAP creates innovative, replicable climate solutions, strengthens capacities, and promotes best practices across the local, national, and international levels to accelerate the transition to a net-zero, climate resilient future. CCAP was founded in 1985 and is based in Washington, DC.