Paro, May 23-26:
The National Environment Commission (NEC) and UNDP hosted a series of one-day “write shops” in May. Key stakeholders were invited to provide final technical comments on a suite of climate strategies that will now be signed off by senior Ministry officials. Stakeholders included government officials from planning, transport, industry and environment, as well as private sector representatives.
Low emission development strategies for human settlements, transport, industry and cleaner production, and energy efficiency were reviewed. Collectively, the strategies provide an overarching framework and road map for NDC implementation.
Emissions in the buildings, transport and waste management sectors of human settlements in Bhutan are significant and growing rapidly.
This is due to a strong urbanization trend which leads to growing demand for modern buildings, transportation services and consumer goods. Each strategy identifies a number of mitigation actions to address rising emissions.
“Waste to Wealth”, the detailed concept for an emission reduction plan (NAMA) on solid waste management was also reviewed.
The NAMA targets seven key municipalities and towns of Bhutan that represent about 25% of Bhutan’s population and a range of conditions.
The NEC hopes to pilot the measures identified in the NAMA in one target city, Phuentsholing, next year.