Belgrade Waste Management PPP project is the first-ever Energy-from-Waste Facility project certified by Gold Standard and the first in Serbia.
In the Vinča landfill site, where the unmanaged open dump was in operation from 1977 to 2021, about 90 million tons of Green House Gas (GHG), i.e. CO2 equivalent (tCO2e), were emitted from untreated waste over the last 45 years. The project will contribute to reducing 210,000 tons of CO2 equivalent per year, in line with seven Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) defined by the United Nations, in particular Goals 6, 7, 8, 11, 13, 15, and 17. The main driver of the project has been to address the unsustainable waste management practices in Belgrade and introduce a solution capable of preventing GHG emissions.
The Gold Standard Carbon Credit Certification is globally recognized as the highest quality standard for carbon offset projects. The project is certified as carbon project with the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and Gold Standard Foundation and will generate carbon credits through the capture of methane on the landfill and production of biogas as well as non-fossil electricity and heat. To valorise the avoided emissions, Beo Čista Energija completed registration under Gold Standard certification process.
Gold Standard certifies that projects meet strict criteria for sustainability from an environmental and social perspective and guarantees that issued carbon offsets are real, genuinely additional, measured and independently audited.
The certification by Gold Standard proves once again the merits of the project from the environmental perspective, and contribution to sustainable development in Serbia.