Brazil faces many waste management challenges. Despite new legislation, waste production in Brazil is expected to continue to increase until beyond 2030 and is currently increasing at about 7-10% per year. A huge proportion of waste is sent to landfill, and improving waste management practices is a priority area for the Brazilian Federal Government.
The 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games were great opportunities to catalyse the implementation of city waste management plans, increase the use of clean technologies and reduce GHG emissions. We worked with ICLEI to support Host Cities to reduce emissions from solid waste during these next major sporting events, build capacity for sustainable waste management, and help leave a legacy of improved waste management for the country. We focused on three Brazilian Host Cities; Recife, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
The project was completed over a course of two years and was funded by the FCO, with the objective of promoting long term reduction of GHG emissions and clean technologies.