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Revision of the MRV protocols for Composting and Anaerobic Digestion
6 Nov 2018Nationals

During October the revision of the MRV (Monitoring – Reporting – Verification) protocols of Anaerobic Composting and Digestion began, drive by the Reciclo Orgánicos Program.

One of the strategic pillars of the Reciclo Orgánicos Program is to support the implementation of NDC (Nationally Determined Contributions) in the solid waste sector of Chile through the development of MRV protocols for Sanitary Landfills, Composting and Anaerobic Digestion.

According to the Guidelines for a Generic MRV Framework for NAMAS in Chile, of the Ministry of the Environment, MRV is a term used to describe all the measures that States adopt to collect data on emissions, mitigation and support actions. In this way, it is possible to compile the information in reports and inventories that are subsequently submitted to international review or analysis.

The Reciclo Orgánicos Program together with the Ministry of the Environment started the meetings with experts and companies related to the subject of anaerobic digestion and composting, with the aim of reviewing the corresponding MRV protocols.

The MRV protocols will enable the developers of anaerobic digestion or composting projects to adequately quantify their Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions reductions through a standardized methodology validated by national authorities.

“The protocols of MRV systems for the waste sector are being developed by technical working groups where experts from the public and private sectors participate both nationally and internationally, the foregoing as well as allowing a rapprochement between experts in this subject, will result in protocols which have been developed and validated in a consensual manner according to the reality of our country, but also with an expert international perspective. This facilitates the incorporation of these protocols and their guidelines into future monitoring systems for mitigation actions” -Carolina Urmeneta, Chief Climate Change Office, Ministry of Environment, Chile-

To carry out the protocols, the guidelines of WCI (Western Climate Initiative) and CAR (Climate Action Registry) are used, which are used in the protocols of Canada and the United States. From Canada, the Climate Check Advisor, Patrick Hardy, is supporting and guiding the development of Chilean protocols. The experience of Canada in these issues is an opportunity to transmit knowledge to Chile and help in the realization of these protocols.

“I am very happy to be here helping Chile prepare its own quantification protocols for composting, anaerobic digestion and landfills. I think it is very important to have protocols that reflect the reality of the country, with specific methodologies. “Patrick Hardy, Climate Check Advisor.

The word day was divided into two instances, one for composting and the other for anaerobic digestion. In these workshops, participate representatives of the public sector, project development companies and specialized consultants. The continuity of the work will be done through a digital platform where participants will have access to the drafts of the protocols, being able to comment and review the documents online. The final versions of the protocols are expected to be ready in November of this year.

“These initiatives allow us to show in a solid and comparable way the results of the reduction of GHG emissions generated through composting. There is a lot of talk about how good the composting initiatives are, but there is little real support, valid information to say that you prefer composting because the real net benefit is X. This serves as a decision argument for the companies, that is not only cost, but gives support to what we do. “Leonardo Curotto, Development Manager, Industrial Recycling.

During 2017, the Sanitary Landfills protocol was worked on, this document is in the process of being approved by the Ministry of the Environment. The work carried out through the Reciclo Orgánicos Program is very useful in the framework of public policies on organic waste and climate change in the country.

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