Monitoring, Reporting & Verification (MRV) – How environmental sciences can contribute to improving waste management practices in terms of climate protection and sustainability

Despite its seemingly technical nature, MRV is yet one of the most important and contentious issues in any international arrangement on climate protection. The term encompasses all measures to collect performance data and to compile this information in reports and inventories, and to subject these to some form of review.

While initial discussions around MRV of NAMAs have centered on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions, many developing countries and international stakeholders view the sustainable development outcomes as the primary policy driver and main selling point to national stakeholders. But which metrics would allow policy makers to track and highlight the effects of any NAMA on development goals such as, for example, catalyzing economic growth and public health, poverty and unemployment reduction as well as environmental conservation? But also, of course, how can composting and methanisation of organic residues as well as recycling of plastics, paper and other materials lead to reduction of GHG emissions directly in a certain host country and, indirectly, in global production processes and supply chains? The presentation will bring light into the issue of MRV in general and will point to certain challenges in measuring and appraising the impacts of programs and actions in the waste management sector designed to meet the requirements of national appropriateness.

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