Project Title: Advancing ASEAN-Korean cooperation in Integrated Municipal Solid Waste Management (IMSWM) for Environmentally Sustainable Cities

Budget: USD 7.3M

Proponent: Green Technology Center, ROK


Project Description

This proposed project will support ASEAN Member States (AMS) in moving towards a model of resource efficient, circular society with enhanced national and local capacity to implement integrated solid waste management (ISWM) practices and catalytic waste investment projects by 2025. Through adapting experiences and learning of the Republic of Korea in integrated municipal solid waste management (IMSWM) at national and local level, the project will help AMS and Korea to jointly find appropriate solutions for the regional challenge of IMSWM.

It will help realize the vision of ASEAN Community 2025 and implement ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Blueprint 2025 towards environmentally sustainable cities through (i) enhanced participatory and integrated approaches for sustainable urban planning and management; and (ii) strengthened coordination among relevant sectors for access to clean environment; as well as capacity enhancement to implement sound waste management and energy efficiency for sustainable consumption and production. 1 It supports the AMS’ commitment to SDG 11, making cities sustainable through IMSWM and provide green jobs in the waste and associated sectors.2 This also supports the ASEAN Vision 2040’s ambition to “embrace new technologies and best-practice policies to achieve a resilient and energy-secure Sustainable ASEAN”. 

This project aims to: (i) formulate a strengthened and coherent regional framework for IMSWM in AMS to support ASEAN Vision 2040 and ASCC Blueprint 2025; (ii) accelerate investment for IMSWM projects by developing a project pipeline along with conducting pre-feasibility studies ; (iii) establish an online multi- stakeholder knowledge sharing and collaboration platform for AMS; and (iv) strengthen IMSWM capacity in AMS and AMS-Korea knowledge exchange, through policy, capacity development, knowledge and technology transfer, and investment mobilization across the region. By developing IMSWM projects for investment mobilization of $100 million, it is estimated that 6 mtCO2eq will be reduced/avoided; 1,300 indirect green jobs will be created; 4 million persons in AMS will potentially benefit from IMSWM.


Introduction of Proponents/Implementing Agencies

The Global Green Growth Institute

The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is a treaty-based intergovernmental organization launched in 2012 at the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development with the mandate to accelerate the global transition to green growth – an environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive model of growth. It delivers programs for over 40- member and partner countries across Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and the Pacific region, through technical support, capacity building, policy planning & implementation, and by helping to build a pipeline of bankable green investment projects.

The National Institute of Green Technology

The National Institute of Green Technology (NIGT), formerly known as Green Technology Center (GTC), is one of the 25 government funded science and technology institutes in Korea. NIGT is established based upon the Article 32-2 (Affiliated Institute), Articles of Association, National Research Council of Science & Technology. The objectives of NIGT are to support establishment of R&D policies for Green Technology and to support global green technology cooperation. With a mission to respond to the climate crisis and contribute to green growth, NIGT serves as a think tank for inclusive and innovative global growth, providing support for the establishment of national green technology policies and global technology cooperation.

NIGT's priority areas include developing strategies for leading global climate technology and policy research. For the global climate technology cooperation, the institute research on a full-cycle model for climate technology development and deployment, as well as the transfer and diffusion of technology to developing countries. Through the policy research arm, the institute supports planning and implementation of technology policies and development and operation of technology integrated information system.

NIGT currently has 95 staff, including 63 members in the Division of Policy Research and 28 members in the Division of Planning and Coordination. The annual budget of NIGT is about USD 10 million, including the government contributions of around USD 6.8 million. Our funding comes from a combination of government grants and revenue from our projects.

NIGT has a long history of working with ASEAN countries since its establishment on various projects and programs, including but not limited to, Philippines sanitary landfill, Indonesia eco-friendly development, flare gas recovery, waste management, bio-product, waste to energy, wave energy, drone mapping, Vietnam greenhouse gas reduction, CCU technology transfer, ICT smart farm, desalination technology, etc. Our team has a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing these countries, and we are committed to working with them to promote sustainable development.