Lydia Omuko - Jung
Aug 10, 2015
Dear Beatriz Luz, Thank you for submitting your proposal to this Climate CoLab contest. Because you had submitted it before July 18th, the contest Judges were able to review your proposal and provide you with some feedback, which we have included below. We hope that you will use it to further develop your work before the August 31 deadline. On that date at midnight Eastern Time, your proposal will be locked and considered in final form. The Judges will then select which proposals will continue to the Finalists round. Finalists are eligible for the contest’s Judges Choice award, as well as for public voting to select the contest’s Popular Choice award. The Winners will receive a special invitation to attend selected sessions at MIT’s SOLVE conference and showcase their work before key constituents in a workshop the next day. A few select Climate CoLab winners will join distinguished SOLVE attendees in a highly collaborative problem-solving session. In addition, if your plan is included in one or more winning global plans, you will receive Climate CoLab Points, and the top point-getters will receive shares of a cash prize of $10,000. Thank you for your great work and good luck! 2015 Climate CoLab Judges & Fellows Judge’s Feedback (1) Judge: Silvia Pariente-David Feedback: The concept is potentially attractive and could have a strong impact on waste recycling. However the proposal does not spell out very clearly and in details the economic approach that is proposed. Using shadow pricing as an economic instrument to create an incentive for waste recycling is a promising idea, but the proposal should spell out how the shadow price is calculated and how it is implemented. The proposal must be substantiated by more data and actual facts, whether it is on the size of the problem in Brazil or especially on costing analysis Judge: Joisa Dutra Feedback:- The author selected a strong idea and a relevant subject. The purpose of making use of economic mechanisms to induce/persuade/inform a change in the current approach towards recycling is positive. And it intends to achieve this result by informing the process. Feasibility of the actions proposed: The actions proposed are certainly feasible and knowledge is missing to induce changes in the current approach. And the project results could be instrumental. However the proposal still needs to be clarified on the specifics of the methodology to be applied to estimate the shadow prices. Additionally it would be a plus to include a discussion on alternative approaches to make use of economic mechanisms that could induce increased in recycling and value creation on the process. Novelty of the proposed ideas: Even though the problem is not necessarily new, the main concern underlying the proposal is the pursuit of economic mechanisms and incentives to induce a change in the current approach towards recycling, something that is welcome and welfare improving. One of the merits of the proposal is its ability to gather and make available relevant information that could bring about a change in the status quo institutional and regulatory approach towards recycling in a country in which the vast majority of its municipalities where recycling habits are not pervasive. Impact on climate change and desirability of other impacts (economic and social: If the project/proposal were successful in its ability to induce changes and increase rates of recycling and habit changes it could bring significant benefits. It is worth noting that social impacts are also key since the current situation of having low income people working in the process is a degrading situation. Presentation quality: The proposal could be improved by adding information on the current numbers and statistics about recycling and he potential to be achieved – maybe by bringing information of recycling rates in comparable regions or countries -- LAC countries, emerging countries. Fellows Feedback Fellow: Lydia Omuko Feedback: The proposal has great ideas on use of economic instruments to incentivise waste recycling. A few issues the author may wish to address - The plan recognises one challenge at the beginning - lack of capacity. The proposal however fails to provide for a possible solution for this challenge. The author may wish to consider including a proposal for capacity building and awareness creation for the councils and the residents to equip them with the necessary skills that may be required. The other thing the author may wish to address is the source of funding. Firstly, it is not clear how the project will be financed. Is it fully by the government? If so, will the government be able to sustain it financially. The government may not be able to have sufficient funds for the project. The author may wish to consider other funding sources, such as partnering with the private sector. Fellow: Leslie Labruto Feedback:- The proposal is strong and leverages waste as a potential economic source of income for developing countries. I would like to see the document include more substantiated data. For example, rather than explaining that Brazil has low recycling rates, what is the actual or estimated percentage of recycling in Brazil? Moreover on the proposal, the concept could radically change the way we view waste streams and can intrinsically add value to potential future waste, thus leading to a reducing in material being sent to the landfill. In line with Lydia’s comments, however, who is funding the sorting (i.e. does the council receive the money sold once the waste has been sold?) and more importantly, where in the upstream versus downstream waste cycle (trashcan or landfill) is the waste assigned a shadow pricing? My last comment is that the creation of the economic model and pricing tool would be far greater than US $30k. It would likely be more on the order of US $1-3mm. Otherwise, great concept.
Aug 30, 2015
Impact Assessment Fellow
Dear Beatriz Luz,
Take a look at the Impact tab and let me know if you have any questions.
Aug 30, 2015
In consideration to all judges' comments, I have structured a methodology to demonstrate the necessary steps to follow to calculate and model the shadow price of recycling for the city's perspective.
In line with one of the feedbacks received, the city's council will play an important role in directing funding for the recycling infrastructure and also to put together the shadow price committee. The committee will be formed by a variety of relevant stakeholders, from government officials, industry associations, NGOs and community leaders that together will work on the city waste management proposal.
Collaboration is key to understand the overall benefit and gather not only the right people but also the necessary funds for the complete programme. A calculated shadow price for recycling will demonstrate the value of recycling and help to put together a complete city waste management proposal to be taken for the national government to reach the national recycling fund.
Aug 30, 2015
A shadow price on recycling can be an excellent way to provide both the financial framework and the view of the value for the city to drive recycling investment. By demonstating a lower shadow price, it provides a justification to prioritize investment and therefore cost reduction across the city, generate new jobs and improve quality of life. This is the response to the judge’s feedback in terms of who is funding the recycling infrastructure: a comprehensive study and the city waste management action plan that incorporates a shadow price on recyling may be crucial to get access to available federal funds and also get the local industry on board as they see the business benefit with increased tourism and a growing local economy.
Jul 29, 2019
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