Curbing Methane Emissions in the Waste Sector in Africa

Curbing Methane Emissions in the Waste Sector in Africa

Date: Oct 24, 2023

Time: 18:00 to 19:00 (KST/GMT+9)



Greenhouse gas emissions from the waste sector, encompassing both liquid and solid waste, are predominantly characterized by methane emissions. These emissions arise from the decomposition of organic matter under anaerobic conditions. Notably, they account for approximately 20% of the total anthropogenic methane emissions. Methane plays a significant role in global warming, being responsible for about 30% of the observed global warming to date. Due to its short atmospheric lifetime and the availability of technologies, reducing methane gas can be a fast and cost-effective way to address climate change in the short term. The urgency to mitigate methane emissions has been recognized globally. This is evident from initiatives such as the Global Methane Pledge, which aspires to achieve a 30% reduction in global methane emissions by the year 2030. Since its introduction at COP26 in Glasgow, this pledge has garnered the commitment of approximately 150 countries. This session is dedicated to exploring strategies and options to tackle methane emissions originating from waste. GGGI will outline its latest initiatives in Africa. Furthermore, a panel discussion featuring organizations actively working in this domain will be convened. This discussion aims to shed light on their ongoing endeavors and primary areas of focus.

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