EDUcation for CLImate Change mitigation

in the municipal solid waste sector

Project title: 

 EDUcation for CLImate Change mitigation in the municipal solid waste sector

Acronym: 

 EDU-CLIC

Implementer: 

Faculty of Food Technology Osijek, J.J. Strosmayer University of Osijek

Implementing partners: 

Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad

Regional development agency Srem

Source of funding: 

This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWi). The EUKI competition for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. 

Funding: 

502.608,95 EUR

Project duration: 

1. 10. 2021. – 31. 1. 2024.

Project goal: 

Setting up an education infrastructure for waste management staff and landfill operators to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Serbia's municipal waste sector.

Background: 

Landfills represent the third largest anthropogenic source of methane emissions globally. This is also an issue in Serbia, where waste management has been predominantly based on landfilling, thus significantly contributing to the national carbon footprint: Serbia has over 3 600 waste disposal sites which cause 60 000 tons of methane emissions annually.

Project: 

The project will develop a plan for upgrading the regional landfill in town of Sremska Mitrovica to the level of all required elements of a modern waste management center. The elaborated plan will serve as a blueprint for other regional landfills. A plan is also being developed to make the landfill a demonstration centre under the developed curriculum for waste management training in EDU-CLIC. The entire municipal waste management sector in the region will benefit from the project, as all stakeholders involved in waste collection and disposal will gain capacity and clear instructions on how to improve environmental protection and reduce greenhouse gas emissions through effective landfill modernization. The project will build a demonstration plant to demonstrate the production of compost (for landfill cover) and pellets (distributed to vulnerable populations as fuel), which will help reduce methane emissions by 16.65 t annually.