“In Africa, greenhouse gas emissions from the waste sector increase, despite efforts from various actors” – New analysis note

The new analysis by the Observatory of Climate Action in Africa looks at the issue of waste management on the African continent.

Publication in June 2023 of the new analysis note by the Observatory of Climate Action in Africa, co-written with Enerdata.

Demographic growth in Africa, combined with rapid urbanisation, poses challenges in a number of sectors, including waste management. Existing policies for sustainable waste management are having insufficient impact in the face of ever-increasing waste production and the resulting greenhouse gas emissions.


  • Waste management, a present and future challenge despite a strong regulatory framework
  • In Africa, waste weighs more heavily on the carbon footprint than in the rest of the world
  • Local initiatives contribute to better waste management in Africa

For more on this subject, find out the eMag on Climate Action in Africa on the circular economy and waste management, of the 22 June.

đź“Ť Analysis note by the Observatory of Climate Action in Africa

Authors : Mélaine Assè-Wassa Sama, Project Officer for Climate Action in Africa, Victor Bérenger, Senior Energy & Climate Policy Analyst, Enerdata

Read the note here