[Webinar] Methane Webinar Series: Reducing Methane Emissions from the Solid Waste Sector

Tuesday, March 14, 2023 | 5:00pm - 6:15pm


March 14, 2023 |  5:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. (Pacific Time)
March 15, 2023 | 8 - 9:15 a.m. (China Standard Time)

Registration is free, but required to attend. Register here to join us! 

Today, the solid waste landfills sector accounts for 20% of global methane emissions, and is the third largest source of anthropogenic methane emissions in the United States. Additionally, it is anticipated that the total generation of municipal solid waste (MSW) will increase by 70% by 2050 as a result of a growing population. This increase in waste generation has the potential to drive a proportionate increase in landfill gas (LFG), which is primarily methane and carbon dioxide (CO2) — the two greatest contributors to global warming. 

As two large economies, China and California are now taking actions to reduce methane emissions from the solid waste sector. Since different policies and technologies are adopted in the two jurisdictions, both sides can share lessons-learned and experiences with one another. Join us to hear from issue-experts on these topics, including about the launch of a new California-China Climate Institute report which focuses on lessons-learned from California.


5:00 PT     Discussion is Opened by Moderator, Ken Alex, Director, Project Climate, Center for Law, Energy, and Environment, UC Berkeley 

5:05 PT Opening remarks

  • Jiang Lin, Nat Simons Presidential Chair in China Energy Policy, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

5:10 PT     Introduction of Solid Waste Methane Report 

  • Rixin Zhu, Methane Policy Fellow, California-China Climate Institute 

5:30 PT        Commentary and Reactions on Addressing Waste Methane

  • Matthew Harrison, Manager of the Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Policy Section, California Air Resources Board
  • Cara Morgan, Branch Chief, California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery
  • Dr. Xiao Liu, Project Director, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH 
  • Dr. Xuehua Zhang, Chief Scientist/Senior Fellow, Lishui Institute of Ecology and Environment, Nanjing University, China

6:00 PT        Open Discussion and Audience Q & A 

6:10 PT        Closing Remarks

  • Dr. Meian Chen, Innovative Green Development Program (iGDP) 

6:15 PT        Event Closes

This webinar series is organized by the California-China Climate Institute, in partnership with the Innovative Green Development Program (iGDP). Supported by Climate Imperative and IGSD.

Photo image credit: Andy Arthur, Creative Commons