The Circular Economy is set to top the agenda at COP26 which takes place in Glasgow next month, according to Chief Product Officer Development at Advetec, Dr Stephen Wise: “We cannot fix climate change until we transform the global economy, so it’s unsurprising that the circular economy is set to top the agenda of the upcoming COP26.
“To help put the world on a trajectory to deliver a net zero future, we must accelerate the move to a more sustainable, resource-efficient circular economy. The benefits are undeniable and far-reaching; lower emissions, reduced waste, a more competitive economy, opportunities for new industries – the list goes on.”
“The circular economy forms a key part of the solution to tackle climate change and to fulfil the objectives set out in the Paris Agreement. However, the reality is that there’s no silver bullet to achieving net zero carbon emissions. Instead, we must take a holistic approach to how we manage waste.”
However, the circular economy concentrates on the reduce, reuse, recycle concept only – which leaves 50% the UK’s waste overlooked and forgotten. Forgotten waste is what Advetec calls the 11million tonnes of waste that still go to landfill or for incineration each year. A fact that many FMs might not know about their own waste’s final destination.
This forgotten waste exists because when food and other organic matter is mixed with general waste, it cannot be sorted. When burying or burning becomes the only option it has huge implications for carbon emissions, transport on our roads and the production of other dangerous gases such as methane, which escape into the atmosphere. Not to mention, when waste that was intended to be recycled isn’t, it undermines corporate and consumer efforts to be greener.
FMJ & Advetec are on a mission to help FMs accelerate their NetZero plans – but it’s a process that must first start with lifting the blindfold, challenging the waste supply chain, being accountable and making great user of technology.
On November 9th, at 11:00 AM FMJ is pleased to bring together a group of experts in sustainability to discuss what new technologies and processes are available to support FMs on the road to net zero – in:
How biotechnology is helping FMs achieve their sustainability goals and reduce waste.
Sara Bean (moderator), Editor, FMJ
Dr Stephen Wise, Chief Strategic Development Officer, Advetec
Rochelle Gee, Head of Property Services, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust