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Side Event: International regulations and national policies driving low carbon waste management and circularity
Environmentally sound management of wastes, and its responsible trade, is essential in mitigating climate change and promoting a circular economy. The waste management sector can play a vital role in climate mitigation through a multitude of actions.

Side Event: International regulations and national policies driving low carbon waste management and circularity

Side Event: International regulations and national policies driving low carbon waste management and circularity

3 December 2023
09:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Waste and Resources Pavilion
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Environmentally sound management of wastes, and its responsible trade, is essential in mitigating climate change and promoting a circular economy. The waste management sector can play a vital role in climate mitigation through a multitude of actions. First, through direct GHG reductions from solid waste management and, second, indirectly through the effects of waste prevention, re-use and recycling. Waste recycling and resource recovery – which are at the core of a circular economy - offer potential GHG reductions in the magnitude of up to 20% of the global emissions. The side event will explore the role of international regulations and national actions in driving waste management and circular economies in order to respond to the climate crisis.

Programme

Moderator:

  • Ms. Corinne Trommsdorff, Executive Director, French Solid Waste Partnership

Panelists:

  • H.E. Dr. Kao Kim Hourn, Secretary-General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
  • Ms. Ghada Waly, Executive Director, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC )
    “Global actions to combat waste crime and illegal trafficking in waste”
  • Mr. Rolph Payet, Executive Secretary, Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (BRS Conventions)
    “The role of the Basel Convention in turning waste into resources and combating climate change”
  • Mr. Neil Khor, Special Advisor to the Executive Director, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)
    “Overview of the contribution of solid waste management to climate change, including major challenges in developing countries”
  • Ms. Pia Tanskanen, Head of Environment, Nokia
    “Private sector engagement to meet global environmental commitments on waste management, circularity and climate change”
  • Mr. Roland Marion, Director of Circular Economy, French Agency for Ecological Transition (ADEME)
    “Success factors that allow circularity in value chains”
  • Mr. Carlos Silva Filho, President, International Solid Waste Association (ISWA)

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Side Event: Decarbonization and Detoxification: Linkages and Opportunities for Integrated Actions
Chemicals are integral to almost all areas of society and are used across all economic sectors. The chemicals sector is the largest industrial energy consumer and the third largest industry subsector in terms of direct CO2 emissions.

Side Event: Decarbonization and Detoxification: Linkages and Opportunities for Integrated Actions

Side Event: Decarbonization and Detoxification: Linkages and Opportunities for Integrated Actions

1 December 2023
15:15-16:00 (UTC+4)
UNEP Pavilion, Blue Zone, Zone B7, Building 87
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Chemicals are integral to almost all areas of society and are used across all economic sectors. The chemicals sector is the largest industrial energy consumer and the third largest industry subsector in terms of direct CO2 emissions. Many chemicals that are produced and utilized can have impacts on the environment and climate, with climate change in turn increasing the toxicity of some chemicals and amplifying their releases into the environment. There is growing evidence of the many varied interconnections between climate change and chemical production and use. Yet chemicals are often overlooked in climate discussions, and vice versa.

This side event aims at:

  • Enhancing the understanding of the pernicious and complex interactions between climate change and chemical pollution;
  • Identifying opportunities for synergistic actions that have benefits to address both the climate and pollution environmental crises;
  • Calling for a better recognition of the chemicals-climate link in the global climate governance and policies.

Programme

Opening and setting the scene:

  • Mr. Rolph Payet, Executive Secretary, Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

Panel discussion

  • Mrs. Iordanca-Rodica Iordanov, Minister of Environment, Republic of Moldova
  • Mr. Nicola Rega, Executive Director Climate Change and Energy of the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC), International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA)
  • Ms. Ruth Do Coutto, OiC, Chief, Energy and Climate Branch, Industry and Economy Division, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • Ms. Lisa Qiluqqi Koperqualuk, Vice-Chair, Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC)

Q&A

Closing

  • Ms. Monika Stankiewicz, Executive Secretary of the Minamata Convention on Mercury

Resources

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