Circular Economy & Waste: Views from Donors, Countries and Private Sector

Circular Economy & Waste: Views from Donors, Countries and Private Sector

– Date/Time: October 27, 2021, 17:00 – 19:00 KST (GMT+9)

– Session leads:

  • Ms. Nathalie Andre, Specialist, Sanitation -Policy Solutions (BMGF) Green Cities
  • Ms. Shomi Kim, Specialist, Lao Program and COP Co-Lead, Mekong Sub-Region

The concept of circular economy, closing the loop in the waste management life cycle, has been the core of GGGI’s programmatic solutions in solid and liquid waste management. GGGI has been developing policy, bankable business models, and mobilizing green investment for resource recovery and waste-to-energy facilities in Asia, Africa, and Latin America in partnership with donor agencies such as the Government of Luxembourg, Government of the UK, the EU, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and KOICA. GGGI has gained extensive experience in circular approaches in waste from Cambodia, Laos, India, Nepal, and Senegal and is also starting large-scale projects in Uganda and Rwanda. The waste streams that our work covers include municipal waste, e-waste, industrial waste, and liquid waste. GGGI also pursues developing a public-private partnership model and sustainable business models to attract green investment for large-scale waste treatment infrastructure that turns waste into resources.

This session was designed to capture the voices of multiple stakeholders and garner views for future directions in applying circular economy in waste management. The first session was conducted in a form of panel discussions with key development partners to understand their strategic directions and focused areas in the application of circular economy in waste management. Country experiences on circular economy with a focus on municipal waste and liquid waste from Cambodia, Uganda, and Nepal were presented. A private partner for developing a Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) plant in Asia, EUWELLE, featured their technology, challenges, and opportunities associated with market and business development for such kind of large-scale waste treatment facilities in Asia.

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Key resources: 


  • Project Reference Profiles – Nepal(NP06) Green Sanitation Services Program, Phase I (link)

– Government of Luxembourg:

  • Circular Economy Strategy Luxembourg (link)
  • 2021 International Climate Finance Strategy Luxembourg (link)

– Government of Nepal:

  • Second Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) (link)

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