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Zero Waste: A Key Solution Pathway for a Low Carbon Economy – Conference

03/12/2015 @ 08:30 - 19:00

Conference “Zero Waste: A Key Solution Pathway for a Low Carbon Future”

3 December – Paris

This conference will demonstrate how cities around the world, visionary local leaders, recycling and reuse workers, and innovative practitioners are paving the way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and preserve resources through zero waste strategies.

The event will feature leading-edge practitioners from Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa and the United States, where cities, workers, environmentalists and entrepreneurs have come together to support truly sustainable approaches to waste and climate. They will present their achievements from along the road to zero waste and how they contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and preservation of resources.

Note: This is a draft programme. The organizers reserve the right to make changes to the programme.

8.30 Registrations
9.00 Opening
Ségolène Royal, French Minister of environment (subject to availability)
Welcoming words
Flore Berlingen, Director – Zero Waste France
9.30 Presentation of the report “The Potential Contribution of Waste Management to a Low Carbon Economy”
Dominic Hogg, Chairman – Eunomia Research & Consulting
10.00 Setting the scene : Zero Waste and the Climate Negotiations
Mariel Vilella, Associate Director and Head of Climate Policy Programme – Zero Waste Europe / GAIA
10.15 Coffee break
10.30 Cities for Zero Waste: Successful Implementation Experiences from around the World
This session will show how advanced waste management strategies implemented in zero waste cities have a benefit for climate change mitigation.
Deborah Raphael, Director of San Francisco Department of the Environment (US)

Marco Mattiello, Treviso Province representative (Italy)

Dr Thomas Isaac, City of Alappuzha representative at the Parliament of Kerala (India)

Janko Kramžar, Ljubljana representative (Slovenia)
Moderator: Françoise Bonnet, Secretary General – ACR+

11.45 Recognition Session for Cities Committed to Zero Waste

New-York, Roubaix, Barcelona, Paris, Ljubljana (tbc)
Moderator : Joan Marc Simon, Director – Zero Waste Europe

12.15 Free time for lunch
14.00 The Role of Reuse and Recycling Workers in the Zero Waste Path
This session will investigate how Zero Waste helps create jobs which preserve resources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    • Do Huynh, Director – Carton Plein (Paris, France)
    • Kabir Arora – Indian Alliance of Waste Pickers (India)
    • Simon Mbata – South African Waste Pickers Association (South Africa)
    • Lor Holmes – CERO recycling cooperatives (Boston, USA)
    • Nohra Padilla – Goldman Prize 2014 Winner, Recycler’s Association of Bogota (Colombia)

Moderator : Janet Redman, Director of the Climate Policy Program – Institute for Policy Studies

15.15 Civil society: a key stakeholder for effective paradigm shifting
This session will aim to highlight the role of NGOs in developing new models for sustainable production and consumption, and accompanying communities in the implementation of Zero Waste strategies.

    • Flore Berlingen – Zero Waste France (France)
    • Mahesh Nakarmi – Health Care Foundation Nepal (Nepal)
    • Tian Qian – China Zero Waste Alliance (China)
    • Beth Grimberg – Aliança Resíduo Zero Brasil (Brazil)
    • Sonia Mendoza – EcoWaste Coalition Philippines (Philippines)

Moderator : Christie Keith, International Coordinator – GAIA

16.30 Coffee break
17.00 Entrepreneurship & Economic Development in the Zero Waste City
This session will clarify how Zero Waste can catalyse economic development & social entrepreneurship within the community. Our panel will discuss case studies and review new market opportunities that capitalise on the Zero Waste roadmap.

  • Natalia Alonso Movilla, Ecodesign PhD student  – G-SCOP laboratory, University Grenoble Alpes (France)
  • Gérard Bellet, Director – Jean Bouteille (France)
  • Benjamin Tincq, Co-founder – POC 21/OuiShare
  • Laura Caniot, Zero Waste entrepreneurial development officer – Zero Waste France
  • Olivier De Guerre, Chairman – PhiTrust (tbc)

Moderator : Camille Duran, Executive Director – Green White Space

18.15 Wrap-up & closing session
Delphine Lévi Alvarès, Advocacy officer – Zero Waste France


Press contacts:

Zero Waste Europe
Mariel Vilella
Associate Director and Head of Climate Policy Programme
+44 784 7079-154 – mariel@zerowasteeurope.eu  

Zero Waste France
Delphine Lévi Alvarès
Advocacy officer
+33 7 89 85 06 58 – delphine@zerowastefrance.org


08:30 - 19:00
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Zero Waste France


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