New report calls for a EU ban on CDM carbon credits from waste projects

Barcelona, 21st November 2011. A new report released today by GAIA – Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives, reveals serious flaws in CDM-backed Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) projects. Most of these projects support incineration technology to burn waste and landfill gas systems (LFG) to bury waste, which ultimately increase greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and displace informal workers communities’ livelihoods, amongst other problems. By buying CDM carbon credits from these projects, the EU is contradicting its own policies on waste management, which prioritize recycling, pollution controls and waste diversion from landfills. The report calls for a EU ban on CDM carbon credits in the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). Continue reading “New report calls for a EU ban on CDM carbon credits from waste projects”

Zero Waste for Zero Warming: GAIA's Statement of Concern on Waste and Climate Change

Waste management practices are an important, although oft-neglected, contributor to climate change. Waste disposal drives climate change directly through the release of greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitrous oxide (N2O) from incinerators and methane (CH4) from landfills. Waste disposal also drives climate change indirectly by depriving the economy of reused, recycled and composted materials, thus requiring increased extraction of raw materials, an extremely energy-intensive process.

A climate-friendly alternative, known as Zero Waste, radically reduces greenhouse gas emissions by increasing the efficiency in managing materials. This reduces the need for extraction, processing, and transport of raw materials, while also avoiding emissions from disposal (incineration, landfilling, open dumping and open burning). However, rather than investing in Zero Waste, the waste industry continues to promote disposal technologies. It is currently engaged in greenwashing these technologies to take advantage of subsidies available to “climate-friendly” technologies – thus accelerating climate change and simultaneously depriving truly climate-friendly technologies of needed financing.

GAIA recommends that:

  • Governments should adopt Zero Waste as an essential strategy to combat climate change.
  • Mitigation funds which are to be used in the waste sector should support Zero Waste projects.
  • Incinerators, landfills, and other “waste-to-energy” projects which undermine Zero Waste should be ineligible for mitigation funds, offset credits and other forms of climate-related financing and subsidies.

Download the full statement.

Descarga aqui:Basura Cero para Calentamiento Cero: Declaración de GAIA sobre desechos y  cambio climático (en castellano)

http://www.no-burn.org/cc

Contact info: Neil Tangri <neil@no-burn.org>
Global Anti-Incinerator Alliance (GAIA) www.no-burn.org
US mobile: +1.510.684.5476
Europe mobile: +49.15206121214

Spanish version also attached and also available at:
http://www.no-burn.org/article.php?id=608

Wastepickers and Climate Change

Wastepickers are workers in the informal economy who recover recyclable materials from waste. They are invisible entrepreneurs on the frontlines of the fight against climate change, earning livelihoods from recovery and recycling, reducing demand for natural resources, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Yet their successes are being undermined by “waste-to-energy” technologies.

wastepickers-CC-EN.pdf
wastepickers-CC-EN.pdf

http://www.no-burn.org/bonn

Contact info: Neil Tangri <neil@no-burn.org>
Global Anti-Incinerator Alliance (GAIA) www.no-burn.org
US mobile: +1.510.684.5476
Europe mobile: +49.15206121214

Download factsheet on wastepickers and climate change

Spanish version also attached and also available at:
http://www.no-burn.org/article.php?id=730