Experience Spotlight MRV as a Tool for Improving Waste Management and Driving Climate Action in West Africa and The Pacific Alliance

Urban waste generation is expected to triple by 2050 in Sub-Saharan Africa and double in many other parts of the developing world where more than half of all waste is dumped with little consideration for environmental impacts or health of local populations.1 In 2018 global solid waste generation was estimated at just over two billion tons of municipal solid waste per year with more than 33% of that number not managed in environmentally compliant ways. This generation number is expected to increase to 3.4 billion tonnes by 2050.2 The climate impact of waste is relatively small compared to other emissions categories such as energy or transport, but because emissions from the waste sector are mostly SLCPs – methane and black carbon – there exists major opportunities for significant mitigation within a shorter timeframe.
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