NAMA for India’s waste sector: Significant greenhouse gas emissions reductions expected

adelphi and its project partners presented the NAMA on “co-processing of municipal solid waste (MSW) based refuse derive fuel (RDF) in cement plants in India” on 15 June 2017 in New Delhi. 


"Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions" or NAMAs are voluntary actions for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in developing countries. Together with the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) and Government of India, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in India has been implementing a four-year project on the development and management of NAMAs under the Indo-German bilateral cooperation.

MoEFCC and the Government of India have selected the technological choice of "co-processing of refuse-derived fuel (RDF) in cement kilns" for developing the waste NAMA in India. This NAMA will reduce the amount of waste landfilled under precarious conditions, facilitate a thermal use for waste fractions that cannot be recycled material-wise, and lead to a reduction of GHG emissions through the replacement of fossil fuels as well as the avoidance of methane emissions from landfills.

Greenhouse gas emission reductions by more than 180 million tCO2e until 2030

GIZ along with adelphi and its consortium partner Perspectives have prepared the final NAMA report. To present the key findings of this report to relevant stakeholders and to give the opportunity for feedback to be considered for the finalisation of the document, a stakeholder workshop took place on 15 June 2017 at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi. Interested stakeholders who had supported and contributed to the development of the NAMA participated and shared their comments on the findings of the project which were considered very useful for the implementation of low carbon technology solutions for the waste management sector in India.

During the final presentation of the NAMA, the project experts shared with relevant stakeholders that the proposed approach could reduce greenhouse gas emission by more than 180 million tCO2e by 2030 while generating co-benefits such as cleaner air and water.