In Vanuatu, 59% of the economy is circular, meaning that it relies on secondary and regenerative materials and energy sources that are recovered after use — a powerful tool that could be leveraged to fulfill the promises in its NDC. According to a new report, commissioned by UNDP and the Government of Vanuatu as part of the NDC Support Programme, new opportunities in the circular economy could have a profound impact — avoiding 48% of solid waste produced between now and 2030, decreasing primary resource extraction by 8% and reducing national greenhouse gas emissions by 10%. Proposed steps include: using silvopastoral livestock systems, implementing anaerobic digestion for organic waste, developing circular procurement to reduce the environmental impact of development investment, increasing revenue by taxing pollution, and collecting and sorting recyclable materials. These circular economy opportunities can be transferrable to fellow SIDS. 

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