Working Group

Climate Change and Waste Management

The Working Group on Climate Change and Waste Management (WGCCWM), recognising that Climate Change is one of the most important global environmental issues facing our planet, advocates that the waste sector has a very important role to play. The Waste Sector has the option to be a net GHG reducer and many actions on how to achieve this have already been identified by the WGs predecessor the Task Force on Climate Change. The WG continues on from where the Task Force stopped. The WG on Climate Change and Waste Management is focused inter alia on conveying the message that sustainable waste management and recycling should be included in future international agreements (including NAMAs; extension of current Kyoto project mechanisms; new market mechanisms; sector approaches; access to funding…).

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Why join the Climate Change and Waste Management Workng Group?

  • Exchange of information and experiences.
  • Potential collaboration on projects. (i.e. research, papers, reports).
  • Networking.

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Peter Simoes
Peter Simoes


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Peter is a specialist in the field of Waste Management Strategy, Climate and Renewable Energy. In addition to his work as an advisor of AWECT, he is the director of an expert center in the field of thermo-chemical treatment of biomass and waste and advises the Dutch Waste Management Association (DWMA) for Energy and Climate policy. As a result, he is involved in all current national and international developments and has a good overview of all interfaces between waste, energy and climate.

Anja Schwetje
Anja Schwetje

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Anja is Senior Scientific Officer at the German Environment Agency (UBA) and has more than 30 years of professional experience in the field of waste management globally and more than 20 years in advising governments, administrations and private sector in accession countries and the EU-neighborhood. She has worked in the field of climate protection and GHG emissions quantification in the waste sector for over a decade. She is currently the Co-Lead of the WASTE HUB of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), a Co-Chair of the WG on ‘Framework Conditions’ of the PREVENT Waste Alliance and is an active member of the Global Methane Initiative GMI, the German RETech Partnership.

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