A Key to Rapid Methane Reduction: Keeping Organic Waste from Landfills

Waste is the third largest source of methane emissions, a greenhouse gas over 80 times as potent as CO2. Most waste sector methane emissions come from landfilling organic waste. This paper discusses how diverting organic waste from landfill is one of the fastest and most affordable ways to lower methane emissions.

To keep warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius, methane emissions must be cut by 45% this decade. Read more about how emissions can be cut in the three top emitting sectors: energy, agriculture, and waste .

We are excited to share with you GAIA’s Shared-Tools Program!

WHAT IS THE SHARED-TOOLS PROGRAM?
As GAIA members, you have the opportunity to access several paid accounts of online tools that you can utilize for your campaigns. These online tools include Zoom accounts (both for meetings and webinars), Canva, Mentimeter, and Streamyard.

HOW TO AVAIL:

  • Zoom (in the meantime, reach out to Trish)
  • Registration link to access Canva, Streamyard, Mentimeter (please reach out to Trish)
  • Please wait for the confirmation email that includes the login details.

Thank you for your cooperation!

If you need training on any of these tools, please reach out to Trish Parras [patricia@no-burn.org]

Se requiere un esfuerzo a nivel internacional para que las emisiones de metano disminuyan significativamente a escala mundial, y en los tres sectores que más emisiones generan : agricultura, energía y residuos. Según la Evaluación Mundial del Metano (GMA) del Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Medio Ambiente, las emisiones de metano deberían reducirse en al menos un 45% durante esta década, la cual es decisiva para la acción climática.

Fuelling Failure is the first report to highlight the dangers fossil fuels and plastic production pose to every single UN Sustainable Development Goal. The 17 SDGs, whose 169 targets aim to “end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all by 2030,” touch on a diverse range of issues and challenges such as biodiversity, work, health, inequality and food. The goals apply to all countries, rich and poor, with the aim of ensuring that “no one will be left behind.” In contrast, plastic reduction and zero waste strategies would help us meet the world’s SDG’s, fast.

The paper was produced by researchers at the University of Sussex on behalf of the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty Initiative and key civil society partners with expertise across the SDGs: 350.org, ActionAid, REN21, Stand.earth, CAN South Asia, UNRISD, Food and Water, Rapid Transition Alliance, Leave It In the Ground Initiative, GAIA, CAN International, Center for Biological Diversity, Stamp Out Poverty, MOCICC, Power Shift Africa, WECAN and Asian Peoples’ Movement on Debt and Development.

The cement industry is a major contributor to climate change. The production of cement, the second most consumed product in the world after water, is one of the most energy-intensive industrial processes. This report presents the false solutions of the cement industry in the fight against climate change with a special focus on Spain, where civil society is taking the lead in the reporting of cement plants’ wrongdoing. The Coordinadora Anti-incineración de Residuos en Cementeras, a network of local groups that are fighting waste incineration in cement kilns,
has collected first-hand information of the many affected communities are paying the cement traps with their health and future of their economies.

With organics making up more than 50% of solid waste in Asia, managing this waste stream will have a huge impact on waste management and the reduction of methane emissions. 

With superb illustrations and easy-to-follow instructions, “Back to Earth” encourages people to explore every facet of composting: whether in a sprawling backyard or in a limited space such as a high-rise apartment, composting can be customized to suit any situation. 

The most important message, however, is that composting is a simple and yet effective step anyone can take to help alleviate the burden on our landfills, replenish soil nutrients, and reduce carbon and methane emissions. 


In light of recent promotional statements from technology providers, governments, and academic and research institutions, this report looks at the proposed application of converting municipal waste into fuel, namely for gas turbine aircraft engines.

In a world where climate and waste crises are worsening at a staggering rate, the idea of turning waste into fuels might sound like a great solution. Companies like Fulcrum Bioenergy and Velocys have been catching media attention by claiming that they have developed a technology that can produce jet fuels from waste.