Invited Session: Closing Dumpsites

Designing Socially and Financially Sustainable Waste Systems in Emerging Markets (0.5 CEU)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
9:00 – 10:00
Room 323

Moderator: Ana Loureiro, Director of Communications, Environment Global Facilities, Portugal

As countries and cities develop into emerging markets, replacing open dumps with sustainable, integrated waste management systems is essential to progressing their economy. Developing these systems via public-private partnerships (PPP) is a pathway that many governments are considering. A PPP does provide an opportunity to develop a waste system with a combination of public and private funds. However, a PPP will only succeed if all parties understand the social and financial risks and agree to a strategic business case analysis that defines a clear pathway to replacing open dumps with an integrated waste system, and mitigates potential risks.

By attending this presentation, participants will be provided with guidance on developing a business case analysis that can be used to design integrated waste system strategies that are financially bankable and environmentally sustainable, as well as socially and politically acceptable. Participants will also be provided with a case study and strategic planning worksheets.


Joseph Donahue, Associate, Abt Associates, Maryland

Joseph Donahue

Joseph Donahue is a senior analyst at Abt Associates and is based in Mexico City. He provides environmental policy research, analysis and evaluation support to a range of U.S. government agencies, foundations and institutions. He specializes in climate change mitigation and adaptation, and ozone layer protection, with a particular focus on short-lived climate pollutants, including methane, black carbon and hydrofluorocarbons. Mr. Donahue supports the Environmental Protection Agency in its role as a lead partner in the international Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-lived Climate Pollutants. As part of this work, he provides technical and analytical support for the EPA’s efforts to reduce methane and black carbon emissions from the waste sector in several cities in South Asia and Africa. Mr. Donahue has a Master’s degree in public policy and a Bachelor’s degree in political science, both from Georgetown University.

Thomas Frankiewicz, Lead, International Biogas Programs, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Climate Change Division, Washington, D.C.

Thomas Frankiewicz

Thomas Frankiewicz provides technical expertise to promote use of landfill gas for energy production in the United States, and methane mitigation in the waste sector internationally through the Global Methane Initiative and in mega-cities through the Climate and Clean Air Coalition. Previously at EPA, he worked with the combined heat and power (CHP) industry, energy end-users and governmental organizations to encourage deployment of natural gas and biomass/biogas-fired distributed generation and CHP projects. Before joining EPA, Mr. Frankiewicz spent over ten years in the field of air quality working for state and regional organizations, including the Ozone Transport Commission and Indiana Department of Environmental Management. He has a Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs and Environmental Management from Indiana University, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and a Masters of Business Administration from George Washington University.

Karen Luken, Sustainable Materials Management Specialist, SCS Engineers, Ohio

Karen Luken

Karen Luken has more than 25 years of experience helping local communities, national governments and private businesses decrease dependency on landfills by using waste as a resource to generate renewable energy and create green economies. She has served as the global waste director for the Clinton Foundation’s Climate Initiative (CCI), as senior director for R.W. Beck, as manager for the Hamilton County Solid Waste District, and as project manager for SCS Engineers. Ms. Luken has partnered with SCS Engineers, where she now serves as a sustainable materials management specialist.

Nadia Scharen-Guivel, Principal Associate, International Economic Growth, Abt Associates, Maryland

Nadia Guivel

Nadia Scharen-Guivel designs and implements clean energy and infrastructure projects and programs in Latin America and Africa. Through her extensive experience, Ms. Scharen-Guivel has developed a deep understanding of working with the public sector, the private sector, and civil society on financing and structuring clean energy and energy efficiency programs. She is fluent in English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish. Prior to joining Abt Associates, Ms. Scharen-Guivel worked for nine years at the Inter-American Development Bank, first as an energy investment officer for Latin America and then as the Principal Coordinator for Brazil. While there, she developed and structured the financing of projects in: renewable energy (including solar, small hydro, wind and biomass); infrastructure (including toll roads, airports, ports, and waste management); as well as energy efficiency. In addition, she advised States and Municipalities in Brazil on structuring and financing alternatives of Public-Private Partnerships and Concessions in clean energy and infrastructure sectors at the state and municipal level and with private entities. Previously, Ms. Scharen-Guivel was the Head of Structured and Project Finance at Credit Agricole Bank in Brazil and Senior Vice-President of Energy and Infrastructure finance at Santander Bank for eight years. Here, she led the origination, structuring, and financing of more than four gigawatts of energy projects as well as toll roads, ports and oil and gas concessions. Ms. Scharen-Guivel started her career as a statistical analyst in the development economics department of the World Bank Group. She holds an M.S. in Financial Engineering from the George Washington University and a CFA level 1.

Roger Peniche Sala, Principal Advisor, Climate Change and Energy, City of Naucalpan, Mexico

Roger Sala

Since January of 2016, Roger Peniche Sala is the principal advisor on climate change and energy in the city of Naucalpan, Mexico. He coordinates the implementation of the project “Management and treatment of organic waste with energy recovery”, and the public policies in the framework of the Municipal Program of Climate Change 2013–2023. Previously he worked as Director General of Social Communication at the Federal Ministry of Health, and during seven years he coordinated the agenda of bilateral, triangular and regional cooperation with North America and Latin America in the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of Mexico.