Community of Practice on Methane Emissions Reduction from Organic Sources in Latin America and the Caribbean (MetLAC)
About the CoP
CCAP and ImplementaSur, within the framework of the Recycle Organics program and the LEDS LAC Regional Platform, with support of the Global Methane Hub, have developed the Community of Practice on Methane Emissions Reduction from Organic Sources (CoP MetLAC) that will support 10 countries in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region in contributing to the Global Methane Pledge of reducing methane emissions by 30% by 2030. The CoP MetLAC will facilitate peer-to-peer learning, providing technical support and fostering knowledge exchange among relevant organic waste sector actors within the LAC region and will include Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Grenada, Honduras, México and Perú. The CoP aims to:
Activities for members
Member organizations of the CoP Met LAC will participate in a series of in-person and virtual activities over the course of two years, aimed at knowledge exchange and capacity building. Specifically, the CoP activities include:
- A virtual session introducing the MetLAC CoP in October, 2023.
- An in-person kickoff workshop to be held in Bogotá, Colombia, on November 14 and 15, 2023.
- Bi-monthly virtual exchange sessions on methodologies, policy frameworks, success stories, and best practices related to the CoP’s objective, starting in February 2024.
- Virtual training sessions on relevant methodologies and tools.
- A fast-track technical assistance help-line for specific inquiries.
- Tailored technical assistance to advance initiatives and projects.
- An in-person capacity-building and exchange workshop in the first half of 2025.
- Knowledge systematization and dissemination processes.
- And other specialized activities organized within the framework of regional events and with member institutions.
Member organizations of the Community of Practice include public, private, academic, or technical organizations currently involved in, or with a strong interest in developing initiatives related to the CoP’s objective.
Enhance the knowledge and strengthen the capacities of CoP MetLAC participants, empowering them to develop and implement initiatives that effectively reduce methane emissions from organic sources.
Accelerate and strengthen a pipeline of project proposals, ensuring their progress to the next stage of development, thereby fostering tangible progress in methane emission reduction efforts.
Raise awareness among key stakeholders and decision makers, disseminating information about the opportunities and benefits associated with taking action to reduce methane emissions and making productive use of organic waste.
Methane is a potent greenhouse gas that has global warming potential 86-times greater than carbon dioxide over a 20-year period.1 According to the Global Methane Assessment (2021), reducing human-caused methane emissions is one of the most cost-effective strategies to rapidly reduce the rate of warming and substantially contribute to global efforts in keeping the world below 1.5°C.
Furthermore, methane is among the most dangerous Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs) and is responsible for 40 percent of the Earth’s warming since the Industrial Revolution—18% of human-made methane emissions come from organic waste.
Waste generation per capita will keep increasing around the world with population and rapid urbanization. As the organic fraction of waste—such as food residues, yard trimmings, paper or wood—decomposes in landfills or dumpsites, it generates large amounts of emissions that lower air quality and heavily contribute to the warming of our planet.
According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), organic waste represents, on average, 50% of the waste stream in Latin American countries. The lack of specific treatment options and recovery measures is causing consequential issues at final disposal sites, including significant methane emissions, leachate polluting subsoils and the spread of diseases by pests.
In the LAC region, there are local and regional initiatives focusing on recycling, anaerobic digestion, composting and other technologies that are relevant for cutting methane emissions, but those efforts are often disparate and not linked to national climate and development goals.
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