CDM for solid waste reduction

Surabaya is going to be a pioneer in promoting co-benefit CDM for waste segregation and individual waste composting. In a meeting on 25 June 2007 in Kitakyushu, it was agreed to start a project for a co-benefit CDM for Surabaya under assistance of Ministry of Environment of Japan, OECC, ICLEI-Japan and the city of Kitakyushu. Mr. Makoto Kato from OECC chaired the meeting, and I raised some preparation issues related to the project.

After our meeting in Kyoto February 2007 and a tele-video conference between Indonesia and Japan in March, finally, OECC could convince Ministry of Environment of Japan (MoEJ) to support a preparation of a Co-benefit CDM in Surabaya. It is a very hard working of OECC under leading of Mr. Kato to obtain approval from MoEJ since it is not easy for MoEJ to pass a new proposal.

As Co-benefit CDM for waste segregation and composting is a new approach for a CDM project, it needs a very good justification before it is approved. Although Mr. Kato did not explain how the approval is obtained, but, it is a very common understanding that approval from MoEJ for a new project is not an easy matter. Therefore, since Surabaya Co-benefit CDM has been approved, it is understood, a long process and a hard working have been done.

It is agreed in the meeting, there will be 5 steps to be done for preparation and implementation of Co-benefit CDM in Surabaya. Step 0-1 scheduled to be completed by end of August. Step-1 includes establishment of a Task Force in Japan and in Indonesia. Member of the task force are OECC, ICLEI Japan, Ministry of Environment of Japan, City of Kitakyushu. Task Force in Indonesia will be City of Surabaya, Ministry of Environment if Indonesia and NGOs in Surabaya. Step-2 scheduled to be finished by September.

Preparation of this project was presented in a workshop in Bogor 2 July 2007. During the workshop there is a question about how do we control the implementation of Co-benefit CDM for individual composting. Mechanism for monitoring and control will be formulated during preparation of PIN and PDD. Off course, there should be a academic justification for monitoring of the co-benefit CDM. And the monitoring system should be approved by CDM Executive Board. Ministry of Environment Indonesia supports the program and keeps involve in the preparation and implementation of the project. As we are working on this project, I will keep posting its progress.

Progress of the program is scheduled to be reported at side events of UNFCCC-COP13 next December in Bali. So, we hope we can make a good progress both in Japan and Indonesia to be able to meet UNFCCC COP in Bali.

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