Setting up an education infrastructure for waste management staff and landfill operators to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Serbia’s municipal waste sector.


Landfills represent the third largest anthropogenic source of methane emissions globally. This is also an issue in Serbia, where waste management has been predominantly based on landfilling, thus significantly contributing to the national carbon footprint: Serbia has over 3,600 waste disposal sites which cause 60,000 tons of methane emissions annually.

Landfill in Serbia

Landfill in Srem, Photo: © Regional Development Agency Srem, Serbia


To address this issue, the EDU-CLIC project team targets waste management staff and landfill operators and provides them with the necessary knowledge on how to make waste management more sustainable. This mainly happens by upgrading an existing sanitary landfill – a landfill where all waste is isolated from the environment until it is labelled “safe” – in the town of Sremska Mitrovica. It serves both as a blueprint for future modern waste management centres in the region, and as a demonstration centre. For the demonstration centre, the project team develops a curriculum that allows to train waste management operators in sustainable waste management practices on site.

Everyone involved in the region’s waste collection and disposal processes can partake in instruction and demonstration events; these events explain how landfill modernisation can contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and environmental protection. Furthermore, activities include setting up a demo plant of, first, compost for landfill covers and, second, of fuel pellets. Such pellets can serve as an affordable source of energy for poor communities while at the same time providing a more sustainable alternative to commonly used biomass fuels, thus expecting to further reduce methane emissions by 16,65 tons annually. As a blueprint for further landfill modernisation, the project’s activities encourage the implementation of more sustainable waste management practices in the region, thus significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the future.

Project information

Updated: January 2022

Countries: Serbia

Project duration: 10/21 - 01/24

Funding: 462,368 €

Target groups: Cities, towns and municipalities, Civil Society, Experts

Implementing organisation: Faculty of Food Technology Osijek; University of Osijek

Partners: Faculty of Technical Sciences; University of Novi Sad, Regional Development Agency Srem

Contact Person:

Ms Natalija Velic

Faculty of Food Technology Osijek, University of Osijek

Franje Kuhača 18,
31000, Osijek



This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The EUKI call for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.


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