Advancing Responsible Consumption and Production in Armenia
AUA Acopian Center for the Environment 10-month Inception project “Mobilizing the Private-Sector to Advance Responsible Consumption and Production in Armenia” funded by Sweden aimed at closely examining Armenia’s market systems for waste management and design interventions for the Project Implementation Phase (see Waste Policy Armenia 4-year Program).
Designed in line with UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), particularly SDG12, this Project overall goal was to explore the possibilities to reduce multidimensional poverty in the country through improving waste management market systems, while aiming at reduced amounts of landfilled waste, greater value recovered from waste, and reduced negative impacts from hazardous waste.
During the period of May 2021 – May 2022, this Inception project mainly focused on i) municipal, ii) agricultural, iii) automotive, iv) construction and demolition, v) WEEE and batteries, and vi) industrial (non-mining) waste streams.
To feasibly conduct market system analyses (MSA), these six broad waste categories had to be broken down into real homogeneous waste flows. Thus the following waste market subsystems have been identified and selected for market system analysis.
Three market subsystems that have been actually analyzed through MSA (see project outputs):
1. Dry Recyclables, such as glass, plastic, paper, and metals. (MSW)
2. Manure (Agricultural waste)
3. Car Lead Batteries (Automotive waste)
Other market subsystems suitable for MSA:
4. Biodegradable waste from gardens and parks, biodegradable waste from food markets, household biodegradable waste (MSW)
5. Car bodies (Automotive waste)
6. Containers and packaging for pesticide, fertilizer, animal medicaments, etc. (Agricultural waste)
7. White waste, e.g. air conditioners, washing machine, among others (WEEE)
1. Analysis and Intervention Plan to Improve Market System for Dry Recyclable Municipal Solid Waste Management in Armenia (request the report)
2. Analysis and Intervention Plan to Improve Market System for Manure Management in Armenia (request the report)
3. Analysis and Intervention Plan to Improve Market System for Car Battery Waste Management in Armenia (request the report)
4. Proposal for Implementation Phase (see Waste Policy Armenia 4-year Program)
– Mkhitar Balayan, Project Manager
– Siranush Harutyunyan, Grants Manager
– Arpine Zakaryan, Project Assistant
– Vartouhi Yessaian, Project Assistant
– Harutyun Alpetyan, Principle Investigator
– Kristine Avagyan, Research Assistant
– Lusine Nalbandyan, Local Expert on bio-waste
– Artak Khachatryan, Local Expert on hazardous waste
– Heghine Hakhverdyan, Legislation Expert
– Karen Sarkavagyan, Industry Liaison
– Edgar Pirumyan, Policy Liaison
– Kyriakos Parpounas, International Waste Management Expert
– James Lloyd, International Market Systems Development Expert