Learn about the vital role of a circular economy in addressing climate change.
Climate action has never been more urgent. With the latest science reinforcing the need to take immediate and drastic action to limit global temperature rise, pressure is mounting for governments to ramp up climate commitments as we head into COP26. The annual UN climate summit will bring over 190 world leaders to Glasgow this November to determine a plan of action for reaching the Paris Agreement goals set at COP21.
Energy targets will be a key focus of the conference, but with research showing shifting to renewables can only address 55 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions circularity must also be part of the global climate change discussion. It is only by transitioning the global economy that we might tackle the remaining 45 per cent of GHGs generated by industry, agriculture and land use.
Analysis shows that even if all national climate pledges are fulfilled, warming is still predicted to hit 3.2 degrees this century. The latest Circularity Gap Report found that a circular economy could cut greenhouse gas emissions by 39 per cent and limit global temperature rise to below 2 degrees.
In this panel discussion, you will hear from the experts fighting to get circular principles on the agenda in the climate change debate. The discussion covers the latest circular economy and climate research, key drivers of change for governments and hopes for this year's COP26 conference. The panellists are
Jelmer Hoogzaad, Founder of Shifting Paradigms and lead author of the 2021 Circularity Gap Report and recent Climate Change Mitigation through the Circular Economy report
Lisa McLean, CEO of NSW Circular and leader in Australia's circular economy
And Professor Thomas Wiedmann, UNSW researcher and contributor to the newly released Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report.
Jelmer is a climate change mitigation and circular economy expert. He is a co-author of the annual Global Circularity Gap Report and has conducted metabolic analysis for the governments of Lao PDR, Vanuatu, The Gambia, the Dutch province of North Holland, the city of Almaty in Kazakhstan and the private sector. Jelmer's systems or metabolic analysis — supported with detailed data visualisations — places a company or jurisdiction in a broader system of material flows and stocks. Thereby allowing decision-makers to develop a joint vision of a circular, low-carbon economy and define their own role in the transition towards that future.
Lisa is a circular economy and zero-carbon business transformation leader. She has been successfully advising industry and governments in developing new policy frameworks and regulations that bring about market change to enable the circular zero-carbon economy over the past 14 years. This work has covered the energy, water, waste and mobility sectors in the UK and Australia. Lisa is the CEO of NSW Circular, a government-funded circular economy innovation body leading the transition to a zero-carbon circular economy in NSW and Australia.
Thomas Wiedmann is a Professor of Sustainability Research leading the Sustainability Assessment Program at UNSW, Sydney. Thomas has long-standing expertise in integrated, quantitative sustainability assessment, industrial ecology and environmental footprint analysis. His recent research is focusing on the relationship between sustainability transformations and planetary boundaries. Thomas is also an Adjunct Science Leader at CSIRO and a Lead Author of the Sixth Assessment Report of the IPCC. In 2012, he received the Thomson Reuters Citation Award in Australia and has been listed as Highly Cited Researcher annually since 2015.
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