Argentina – Developing organic waste recovery policies to reduce methane and CO2 emissions [AR-23-003]

by CCAC - 15 November, 2023


The Government of Argentina is seeking to develop an enabling framework for the byproducts of organic waste treatment. This project should support this objective by demonstrating the methane and CO2 reduction potential from organic waste through composting and anaerobic digestion treatment policies.

The project will develop a mechanism for the implementation of policies to reduce waste generation and enhance separation and treatment of organic waste, focusing on large organic generators, including those from the agricultural sector and food production and commerce at the municipal level.

More information on Argentina's involvement in the CCAC is available on their Partner Page

Who to involve

Successful delivery of this project will require close coordination and engagement primarily between the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development and the Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (Ministry of Economy). The project should involve research institutes (National Institute of Industrial Technology - INTI, National Institute of Farming Technology – INTA, universities), provincial and municipal Governments as well as private sector entities, including small, medium and large industry and agricultural producers.

Expected results

Applicants are encouraged to propose additional outputs as needed to ensure the expected project outcomes are achieved. Applicants can determine the scope of outputs if not specified. The project is expected to deliver at a minimum:

1. The Government of Argentina has increased capacity to monitor and assess greenhouse gas emissions from organic waste generation in the country by the end of the project.

Indicator: Number of government entities with a demonstrated improved capacity for SLCP action

Output 1.1: Assessment quantifying the amount of organic waste treated per unit of production.

Output 1.2: Emissions inventory of organic waste plants installed in operation to produce compost or digestate in the country.

Output 1.3: Updated inventories of CH4 and CO2 waste emissions based on new data collected.

2. The Government of Argentina endorses policy to enable the use of by-products from organic waste valorization by the end of the project or soon after

Indicator: Number of laws, regulations, or other policy mechanisms with SLCP targets or mitigation measures formally adopted, endorsed, and/or implemented.

Output 2.1: Development of a policy that support the enabling frameworks for the recovery and utilization of the by-products (compost, compost tea, biofertilizers) of organic waste valorisation. 

3. Relevant municipal, provincial, and private stakeholders have increased capacity to valorize organic waste by the end of the project.

Indicator: Number of non-government entities with a demonstrated improved capacity for SLCP action

Output 3.1: Training tools for municipal, provincial and private stakeholders in formal professional programs that include the organic treatment approach to mitigate CH4 and CO2 emissions

Output 3.1: Assessment of different types of organic waste and its potential use as value-added products after treatment. 

Application process

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for consideration, project proposals must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete and submitted before the deadline
  • Submitted by a non-governmental organization (NGO), intergovernmental organization (IGO), or other not-for-profit entity. Governments are not eligible to apply directly for funding in this call.
  • Requested funding is within the estimated budget amount, or includes a clear justification for additional expenses 
  • Project duration is less than 24 months
  • Budget criteria are met and spending caps on expenses are respected. 

Please note that entities will be required to provide the last three (3) audited financial statements to be considered for CCAC funding. These statements may be provided along with the application for funding or at the request of the CCAC Secretariat during the evaluation process.

For-profit entities may only participate in the project as stakeholders, co-funders, or end users. Applicants are encouraged to include for-profit entities in the development of the project proposal and/or during project implementation if their ownership of the proposed solution is key to the project’s success.  

How to apply

Eligible applicants are invited to apply using the Application Form and Excel Budget Form. Specific instructions on completing these forms are available in both documents. 

Applicants may choose to follow the cost range proposed above OR propose a different budget supported by a clear justification. However, applicants should note that cost efficiency will play a significant role in the selection process.

The completed Application Form and Excel Budget Form should be submitted to secretariat [at] (secretariat[at]ccacoalition[dot]org).

Evaluation criteria

Proposals will be evaluated against the following criteria:

  • Presents a clear plan to achieve the required outcomes during the lifetime of the project or soon after
  • Includes a plan or activities to enable the scaling up of, replication of, or sustained use of project results over time
  • Sets out a clear approach for enabling or contributing to SLCP emissions reductions and resulting co-benefits
  • Involves relevant stakeholders 
  • Approach is grounded in a strong understanding of relevant risks
  • Complements other relevant initiatives, funding mechanisms, and existing policy processes
  • Applicant demonstrates necessary capacity and experience to perform the work
  • A realistic, cost-effective, and clearly justified budget and approach is proposed
  • Project meets the minimum requirements for the OECD DAC gender equality marker Score 1

Selection process

  • A preliminary review of proposals submitted by the deadline will be conducted by members of the CCAC Secretariat, Funding Task Team, and Board, in consultation with relevant CCAC Partners.  
  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited to present their proposals in further detail and to respond to follow-up questions about their application.
  • Successful applicants will be invited to develop a Project Implementation Plan and Detailed Budget in consultation with the CCAC Secretariat and relevant CCAC Partners.

The selection process may take up to 6 months after the closing date of the call for proposals. Due to the high volume of requests, the CCAC will not respond to requests for updates or feedback during this time.

Note: Due diligence 

In addition to eligibility criteria outlined above, qualified UNEP/CCAC implementers* must meet the following criteria: 

  • Have adequate financial resources to perform the contract and meet all existing commitments (financial health)
  • Be able to provide proof of registration, proof of not-for-profit status and audited financial statements for the last three completed fiscal years 
  • Have a record of satisfactory performance with UNEP/CCAC, when applicable; and  - Not have been suspended or debarred by UNEP/CCAC or another UN agency. UNEP/CCAC also considers entities included in the Security Council Resolution Lists to be ineligible for UNEP/CCAC agreements.

* (inter)governmental entities/ United Nations are exempt from this requirement


As a general rule, Implementation Agreements allow for incidental procurement only, and as such, total costs in the following categories must fall below a certain threshold*:

  • Contractual Services
  • Equipment, Vehicles and Furniture
  • Operating and other Direct costs
  • Supplies, Commodities and Materials

*Agreements of $200,000 and below: up to $20,000 or 15% of total budget, whichever is lower.

*Agreements of above $200,000: up to $40,000 or 15%. * United Nations agencies are exempt from this requirement.


Estimated project cost
US$ 160,000 - US$ 200,000