Circular Economy Cities: Transforming China and India's Urban Wastewater

Convenor(s):
Global Water Partnership China and World Resources Institute

A majority of the world’s cities, including China and India, are not equipped to sustainably deal with the booming waste generation challenges. Air, water, and soil pollution caused by improper waste treatment threatens cities’ environmental safety and public health. Methane emissions generated by organic content in waste streams exacerbate global climate risk.

Cities in China and India have the potential and opportunity to shift current waste management systems to sustainable growth models that have long term financial and environmental benefits. Transforming the way cities manage sewage and waste streams can turn “waste” into a powerful economic asset by establishing a carbon-oriented circular-economy system.

WRI is leading research on this topic, in partnership with GWP China and others.Their work assesses the feasibility of sludge/waste-to-energy programs in China/India, and aims to identify challenges and barriers existing from policy standpoint.

This seminar will showcase WRI and its partners’research on shifting the trend in waste management towards a circular economy by promoting resource recovery in China and India, and share practical experience in shifting policy toward waste-to-energy approaches at a broad scale. Speakers from the public sector and research institutions will share their perspectives on waste-to-energy issues and implications for achieving the 2030 Agenda.

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Wednesday 14:00-15:30
NL Music Hall / Musiksalen
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