Project

WEEE Pilot Project: Sustainable and Inclusive Management

At a Glance

Start Date Q1 2017
Funding Source Core
Approved Budget USD 824 000
Status Active
Thematic Area
  • Green Cities

Project Rationale

The Government of Morocco (GoM) has identified the improvement of Waste Management as a national focus area. It is a major priority outlined in Morocco’s National Charter for Environment and Sustainable Development, and Morocco’s NDC proposes waste recovery as an area of intervention to reduce GHG emissions. The GoM has given priority to the management of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) due to its classification as hazardous waste and the related health and environmental impacts.

Volumes of WEEE are growing worldwide and Morocco generates over 30,000 tons a year of e-waste38. Morocco has one of the highest number of mobile subscribers and internet users within the region, accompanied by high volumes of electronic devices such as mobile phones and computers. The development of recovery channels for the valuable materials present in WEEE will help alleviate scarcity in energy and mineral resources in Morocco, which means that less hazardous waste will go to landfill. In addition to these environmental and health benefits, the development of a WEEE treatment industry is likely to provide opportunities to integrate rubbish pickers in the informal sector into the value chain in collection, recovery, and recycling.

The GoM has requested technical support from GGGI on the development of a WEEE Pilot Project. The design of this project is dedicated to the inclusive and sustainable management of WEEE to achieve a waste recycling rate of 20% by 2020 targeted in the NDC and other policy documents.

Building on 2015-16 Work

The partnership between the GoM and GGGI was launched in November 2015, with the aim to build the foundations of a framework for enhanced cooperation in addressing sustainable development challenges, through support for the implementation of Morocco’s National Sustainable Development Strategy (NSDS), which will accelerate Morocco’s transition toward green growth and inclusive economy.

In 2016, GGGI is designing a multi-sector green growth program for Morocco, aligned to the NSDS, focusing on water, energy, agriculture, and waste. GGGI is also supporting sectoral implementation roadmaps to deploy actions for green growth transition at sector levels, and is specifically developing a needs assessment for the WEEE sector. The 2017-18 WPB WEEE pilot project is an implementation of the waste element of the green growth program and addresses the needs identified in 2016.

Delivery Strategy

PROJECT OUTPUTS FOR 2017-18:

  • Develop policy and legislative recommendations for electronic waste management and submit to government
  • Prepare a pre-feasibility study for a pilot facility for management of electronic waste and submit to government
  • Deliver training events to strengthen the knowledge and skills of participants in relation to electronic waste management

PROJECT OUTCOMES FOR 2017-18:

  • Government adopts policy and legislative recommendations for electronic waste management for implementation
  • Government approves pilot electronic waste management facility for financing and implementation
  • 70% of training participants gain improved knowledge or skills relating to electronic waste management

Planned Results

The project will drive the outcome of improved electronic waste management policy, implementation and capacity by delivering the following outputs:

Policy and legislative recommendations for electronic waste management developed. GGGI will support the government of Morocco in developing a national strategy for WEEE. An important consideration of the strategy will be to include informal sector actors. Policy and legislative recommendations for the inclusive management of electronic waste will be developed through conducting an assessment on the collection, sorting, dismantling, recycling, treatment, and disposal of WEEE.

A pre-feasibility study of a pilot facility for electronic waste management prepared. GGGI will develop a business and initial finance models for a WEEE pilot project on an electronic waste treatment facility. The waste treatment platform will deal with the entire process from collection of waste to extracting recoverable material and recycling non-recoverable material. The project concept will then be developed into a full pre-feasibility study, and GGGI will organize an investor forum to generate stakeholder interest on the project to attract financing. To support the business case, GGGI will also develop a guideline on the assessment of the GHG Digital Technologies of Information and Communication (DTIC) to assess the GHG mitigation potential of electronic waste management for the private sector.

Training events to build capacity related to electronic waste management delivered. GGGI will deliver targeted capacity building training based on the results from the needs assessment carried out in 2016 in the WEEE sector. An extended group of relevant stakeholders will be involved in this capacity building program in all key stages of the project. The training will drive awareness of the pilot project and will serve to disseminate lessons learned from the project that can be applied at a national and regional scale. Awareness-raising workshops will also be held to promote the reuse of electronic waste.

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Funding Source Core
Approved Budget USD 1 119 000
Status Active
Thematic Area
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