Thematic Cities Cluster

Waste Management, Green Cities & Renewable Energy

The Cities Cluster on Waste Management, Green Cities and Renewable Energy offers a space for knowledge sharing and collaboration between cities partners of the Global South on how to ensure effective waste management through universal collection and safe treatment, building greener cities and promoting renewable energy such as biomass.  

Concerns of waste management are looming larger in developing countries that have not developed adequate waste management policies or systems, trash collection services, or government institutions to effectively manage their wastes. Innovative waste management strategies can be an effective way to address complex urban issues including rising greenhouse gas emissions, unsanitary public spaces, growing energy demand, and limited space, and achieve cleanliness and environmental sustainability. Enabled by treatment technologies, wastes can be converted to energies, including electricity, heat, fuel, and other usable materials. For instance, in Southeast Asia alone, the total quantity of the waste-to-energy capacity from landfill biogas plants and incineration plants accounts for over 323 MW and this number is expected to double by 2022; by 2030, the realizable generation potential from renewable municipal waste in six Southeast Asian countries will amount to 17.26 TWh (Maw Maw Tun, et el, 2020). 

The Cities Project perceived substantial needs of developing cities in improving their waste management and added waste management in its work plan of establishing city clusters. Capacity development, knowledge and good practices exchanges, pilot and demonstration activities will be facilitated and implemented in partnership with UN specialized agencies.  

The Cities Project welcomes city partners interested in participating in this Cities Cluster on Waste  Management, Green City and Renewable Energy and hopes the knowledge exchanged here leads to more South-South cooperation and a swift post-pandemic social and economic recovery. 

Featured Members of this Cluster

Xiamen

China

Xiamen, with the ancient name of Jiahe Island and Lu Island, is a sub-provincial city in Fujian Province, a special economic zone, and an important central city, port and scenic tourist city on the southeast coast of China. Xiamen is located at the southeastern tip of Fujian Province, bordered by Zhangzhou to the west, Quanzhou to the north, and Kinmen and Dattan Islands to the southeast.

Xiamen, China

Santiago

Chile

The Metropolitan Regional Government of Santiago is an autonomous body that as of July 14 2021 will be led by a Governor or Regional Governor, who will be in charge of the superior administration of the region. The Regional Government cares about the harmonious and equitable development of the territory. The main focus of its work in on the planning and preparation of projects to promote the economic, social and cultural development of the Metropolitan Region, taking into account the preservation and improvement of the environment and the participation of the community.
“Santiago Humano y Resiliente” is the Resilient Strategy of the Metropolitan Regional Government, it was born from the selection of Santiago in 2014 within the framework of the program ``100 Resilient Cities (100RC)``, originally promoted by the Rockefeller Foundation and today led by the Global Resilient Cities Network (GRCN).
The Resilient Strategy proposes a collaborative perspective by articulating the public sector, private sector, academia, social organizations and unions to make Santiago a more just, humane and inclusive city, giving all its inhabitants the opportunity to live and enjoy the benefits of a region where people are at the center of development. It seeks to improve the capacity of the city to face the tensions and impacts that threaten it and implement actions that allow progress towards a more humane and resilient Santiago.

Santiago, Chile

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