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China Integrated Waste Management (IWM) NAMA support project

Project details
Donor organisation: 
Associated enterprises: 
Waste Management
Project volume: 
817,048 €
Value of services: 
490,229 €
Start of project: 
December, 2019
End of project: 
September, 2022
Project description: 

This NAMA Support Project aims to accelerate sustainable low-carbon development of the waste management sector in China as well as demonstrate on the example of five municipalities, namely Suzhou (Jiangsu Province), Taian (Shandong Province), Xi’an (Shaanxi Province), Lanzhou (Gansu Province) and Bengbu (Anhui Province) how an integrated waste management (IWM) system can be operated as a profitable business case.

The project comprises 5 components:

Component 1:  Technical Assistance to the demonstration municipalities
Component 2:  Policy advice
Component 3:  Analysis of GHG mitigation effects
Component 4:  Capacity development
Component 5:  Private sector mobilisation

GOPA Infra is providing Technical Assistance under Component 1 as well as contributing to the activities under Component 4.


Service description: 

Work package I: Technical Assistance

The Contractor will be responsible for the output 1: Support the establishment of integrated waste management systems according to the international BAT and BEP approaches in Suzhou, Taian, Xi’an, Lanzhou and Bengbu

The scope of advise includes

  1. Development of the detailed proposal for the implementation of IWM for each demonstration municipality with strategic special consideration for technical, financial and governance aspects, including alignment with/adjustment of long-term municipal level plans (waste management; circular economy and low-carbon development plans);
  2. Detailed aspect-based consulting on establishment of new waste treatment facilities, improvement of existing ones (i.e. landfills closure; efficiency of existing waste incineration plants; process optimization at the restaurant/ household kitchen waste treatment plants etc.) and/or optimisation of waste disposal (i.e. leachate collection and treatment with focus on biogas production);
  3. Elaboration of recommendations in order to enhance technical standards in China in the realm of municipal solid waste management/treatment;
  4. Recommendations on pollution control and development of robust governmental supervision systems for waste incineration and AD treatment facilities.

The Contractor will also support local stakeholders in enhancing management approach to foster better waste segregation at a source and improve performance of the recycling industry.


Work package II: Capacity development

The Contractor will contribute to the output 4: Capacities of key stakeholders concerning international best practice for integrated waste management have increased.

  1. Content preparation for and contribution to up to 7 trainings for different stakeholders/participants and provision of trainers;
  2. On-the-job trainings, technical reviews and workshops;
  3. Preparation of thematic summaries based on the lessons learnt in the course of the project and TA provision;
  4. Participation in the leading international waste sector events and exhibitions to disseminate information about the project and its findings.

The overarching project goal is to induce a transformational change in China’s waste management practice, diverting it from simple collection-disposal models to an integrated approach with corresponding physical infrastructure and governance aspects.

“The NSP will reduce GHG emissions of China’s waste sector and induce a transformational change in the sector which will increase the attractiveness of integrated waste management and waste-to-energy systems as a financially sustainable low-carbon investment field.”

While the outcome of the TC reads as follows:

“Public and private up-scaling throughout China’s waste management sector is triggered by a replicable flagship cases of IWM systems and waste-to-energy technologies that have been proven to operate in a financially sustainable way in at least three demonstration municipalities.”