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The AISWM programme includes implementation support for two advanced waste treatment projects in South African municipalities, with the focus on public private partnerships. RWA is hired together with ERM and Jeffares & Green to support the Department of Environmental Affairs in programme monitoring and supervision, as well as for preparation and dissemination of a set of 5 themed knowledge products. Experiences from the implementation projects will be communicated across South Africa aimed at stimulating landfill diversion and sustainable application of waste treatment technologies. The project is implemented with financial support from German Development Cooperation through KfW.
RWA provided policy and economic analysis of South Australia’s Waste Strategy 2011-2015 for Zero Waste South Australia (ZWSA), an organization working at the forefront of waste management and resource efficiency globally. The project analysed the economic benefits of a representative range of ZWSA programs, the macro-economic contribution of the sector to the State economy, strategic objectives and targets, international best practices, alternative institutional models for delivering the functions presently carried out by ZWSA, and made recommendations to be taken forward for policy consideration. RWA were overall lead consultant, implementing the project with support from two specialist South Australian sub-contractors, RawTec and EconSearch.
More details and full text of the SA Waste strategy can be found here.
RWA have been supporting the establishment of a Egyptian National Solid Waste Management Programme. The programme provides wide-ranging support to Egyptian Governmental institutions, especially the Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs, with financial and technical support from German Development Cooperation (via KfW and GIZ) and the European Commission. RWA has been involved since the programme design stage all the way through into implementation. Strategic advice has shaped the programme design, including design and implementation of national level institutional reforms, preparing a national waste management programme document, preparing major investment projects in four Governorates, identifying and evaluating economic and financial instruments to underpin sustainability, and a wide range of other priority activities as they have emerged in post-revolutionary Egypt.
More details on this project can be found on GIZ website.
The NEEDS Climate Change project identifies the financing requirements for adaptation and mitigation measures foreseen in Maldives policy. Maldives has committed to become greenhouse gas neutral and to increase its resilience to climate change impacts. The NEEDS project identifies how to finance the Maldivian vision, and integrate priority climate change actions into the eighth National Development Plan. RWA has gathered data, conducted stakeholder consultations, provided policy analysis, and reviewed project documents and studies from the Maldives and international reference documents. The project is conducted for the Ministry of Housing, Transport and Environment with financing from the UNFCCC.
As part of the GIZ’s Concepts for Sustainable Waste Management program, RWA in partnership with ERM, has prepared sourcebook and guidance paper on operator models for ISWM. The publication ISWM Operator Models: Respecting Diversity, explores the inter-relationship between ownership, decision-making, responsibility, contracts and agreements, management and money flows in waste management services across the world. Based on in depth case studies and extensive secondary literature review, the publication catalogues ISWM operator models working in different countries for different elements of the waste management chain, and provides guidance to waste management practitioners on how to design their own locally appropriate systems.
The Government of Belarus has obtained a loan from the World Bank to improve the recovery and reuse of recyclable materials in the city of Grodno. RWA, in partnership with Eptisa, was hired for the design and supervision of a mechanical waste separation and treatment facility (MRF) for the City of Grodno. The work includes a plan for collection of source separated waste, a business plan based on market research of recyclables, assessment of the feasibility of marketing refuse derived fuel (RDF), preliminary engineering design, preparation of tender/contract documents and training courses for facility operation and management.
The Waste Governance project provided technical co-operation and support to seven countries including Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Russian Federation, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia. Financed by the European Commission through its European Neighbourhood Partnership Instrument (ENPI East) the project addressed several key aspects underpinning good governance in waste management. The partners in the implementation were predominately the Ministries of Environment or equivalent in the seven project countries. The project aimed at overall improvement of waste governance through preparing inventories of existing illegal/non-compliant waste disposal sites, harmonizing the approach for waste classification and developing 15-year waste management strategies for pilot regions in each country. The project identified a series of regional investment projects, providing an essential basis for European international financing institutions to pursue into implementation.
RWA are preparing a feasibility study for integrated solid waste management in the Lori marz region in northern Armenia. The project considers the full range of waste streams to be managed, and includes analysis of the existing situation, identification of a new regional landfill site, development of an integrated waste management concept, feasibility study and environmental impact assessment. The project is being implemented with ERM, I&U and ATMS, and is financed by KfW.
The Nabucco project was one of the two main European initiatives for diversifying the infrastructure and source of energy for Europe by developing a gas pipeline from Azerbaijan to Europe via Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and Austria. RWA has supported the Nabucco Country Company to prepare Environmental and Social Impact Assessment documentation for the Romanian, Hungarian and to a limited extent the Bulgarian section of the Nabucco pipeline in line with the financing institutions (EBRD, IFC) requirements. The services included revision of EIA, social baseline and social impact studies, and development of a stakeholder engagement plan, guiding the work of the Local Feed Engineer and providing input to the project ESIA. RWA has also supported implementation of a Livelihood Restoration Plan, supervising the work of local expert teams in Romania. The project was carried out for D’Appolonia and Nabucco International.
The US EPA-led Global Methane Initiative (GMI) assists member countries with financial support in the identification and implementation of policies, strategies, and projects to affect the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. RWA, in partnership with ERG, has carried out field assessments of landfill gas project development opportunities, synthesised data for landfill gas modelling, and developed a national waste sector methane action plan (WasMAP) for Bulgaria in close coordination with the Ministry of Environment and Waters. The project work continues with finalizing and enactment of the WasMAP coupled with training and capacity building of operators in landfill gas management systems.
RWA, in partnership with ECOFYS, is supporting the Romanian Ministry of Regional Development with the preparation of documentation required by the EU Structural Funds regulations on energy efficiency in public sector. Under the guidance of the client – EBRD – RWA assessed the current technical, legal and market situation in Romania regarding energy efficiency in public buildings and public lighting, identified the financing and implementation mechanism that ensures maximum leverage of private funds to European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) financing through Energy Performance Contracting and the involvement of Energy Service Companies, and advised the Ministry with the practical aspects of programme implementation, including monitoring, procurement and institutional arrangements.
RWA has been involved in the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) and Environmental and Social Due Diligence (ESDD) for several EBRD financed municipal infrastructure and industrial sector modernization projects. Municipal infrastructure projects have been carried out across the water, wastewater treatment and waste management sectors, and industrial sectors covered include oil and gas, energy and renewable energy, mining, automobile industry, metallurgy and packaging. RWA is providing the site assessments, ESIA and ESDD reports, stakeholder engagement plans and social and environmental action plans required by the EBRD performance standards. Assessments have been carried out for various partner companies in Romania, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan and the Slovak Republic.