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Multilateral relations – G7/G8 and G20 - Public Events

G20 Online Workshop on “Measures to address marine plastic leakage through a circular economy approach”, 8 September 2020

An EU G20 online workshop on “Measures to address marine plastic leakage through a circular economy approach” was organised by the European Commission on 8 September 2020. It contributed to G20 work to address marine litter (G20 Marine Litter Action Plan), in particular marine plastic litter (G20 Implementation Framework for Actions on Marine Plastic Litter). It followed up on the G20 workshop organised last year in Tokyo by the Japan, the EU and the USA (see entry further down on this page), and has been one of the EU’s contributions to the efforts of Saudi Arabia’s 2020 Presidency of the G20 for safeguarding the Planet, in particular the marine environment.

The final agenda, including short biographies of the speakers, is available here. A workshop report is in preparation.

See the available presentations from the speakers

Speaker

Presentation

Opening Session

Mr Tatsuya Abe

Deputy Director, Office of Marine Environment, Ministry of the Environment, Japan

Results of Japan’s workshop on ‘Harmonized monitoring and data compilation of marine plastic litter’ (7 September 2020)

Session1 – Addressing the sources of plastic waste through circular economy approaches

Mr Sander Defruyt

Lead, New Plastics Economy, Ellen McArthur Foundation

The need for a comprehensive circular economy approach to address plastic pollution at its source

Mr Novrizal Tahar

Director of Waste Management, Ministry of Environment, Indonesia

Indonesia’s approaches in addressing marine plastic litter through circularity actions

Mr Michel Sponar

Deputy Head of Unit, Marine Environment and Water Industry, Directorate-General for Environment, European Commission

EU legislative instruments to address marine plastic litter

Mr Peter Börkey

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

Extended Producer Responsibility, Deposit Return Schemes and other market-based instruments

Ms Ingrid Giskes

Director of the Global Ghost Gear Initiative, Ocean Conservancy

Addressing abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing gear and their impacts

Mr Mushtaq Ahmed Memon

Regional Coordinator for Resource Efficiency, Asia Pacific Regional Office, United Nations Environment Programme, Bangkok

Waste management during a pandemic – leakage of Covid-19 related plastic litter to the environment

Session2 – The global dimension

Mr Loukas Kontogiannis

Head Marine Pollution, Subdivision for Protective Measure, International Maritime Organisation (IMO)

IMO Action Plan against marine litter

Ms Susan Wingfield

Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, United Nations Environment Programme, Geneva

Basel Convention – Plastics Waste Partnership

Ms Maria Lamaanen

Ministry of Environment, Finland

The role of Regional Seas Conventions – the example of HELCOM


G20 Workshop on “Sustainable Finance for a Circular Economy”, 10 October 2019, Tokyo

As a contribution to the G20 Resource Efficiency Dialogue (9-11 October 2019, Tokyo), the Directorate-General for Environment of the European Commission and the Japanese Ministry of the Environment organised a workshop to raise awareness on the linkages between the circular economy and sustainable finance. The specific aim of the workshop was to inspire circular economy practitioners to engage in the enhancement of frameworks for sustainable finance, and to motivate sustainable finance actors to integrate circular economy issues into the sustainable finance agenda.

Final report of the workshop

See the available presentations from the speakers

Speaker

Presentation

Shigemoto Kajihara

Japan Waste Research Foundation

Circular Economy and Finance: Policy Perspectives

Hein Brekelmans

ABN AMRO Bank

Presentation


G20 Workshop on “Scientific Knowledge and Innovative Solutions for Marine Plastic Litter: Supporting the G20 Implementation Framework for Actions on Marine Plastic Litter”, 8 October 2019, Tokyo

This G20 workshop, co-organised by Japan (Ministry of Environment), the European Union (Directorate General for Environment of the European Commission) and the USA (Environmental Protection Agency), took place during the G20 Resource Efficiency Dialogue meeting (9-11 October 2019, Tokyo). The aim of the workshop was to contribute to the G20 Osaka Blue Ocean Vision agreed at the G20 Osaka Summit and the G20 Implementation Framework for Actions on Marine Plastic Litter.  The workshop focused on three aspects of the Implementation Framework, namely sources of plastic pollution, best practices for plastic pollution monitoring, and innovative solutions for reducing marine plastic litter.

Final report of the workshop

See the available presentations from the speakers

Speaker

Presentation

Session 1: Scientific knowledge on sources of marine plastic litter

Heidi Savelli

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Mapping of global plastic value chain and plastic losses to the environment

Christian Schmidt

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Germany

Assessing plastic debris export from rivers into the oceans

Yasuo Nihei

Tokyo University of Science, Japan

Methods of monitoring marine plastic discharges through rivers and development of a source inventory of marine plastic litter in Japan

Hrissi Karapanagioti

University of Patras, Greece

Microplastic releases from all sources to the environment

Session 2: Harmonized monitoring and data compilation

Peter Kershaw

GESAMP

GESAMP guidelines for monitoring and assessment of marine litter – relevance to G20

Yutaka Michida

University of Tokyo, Japan

Guidelines of harmonizing ocean surface microplastic monitoring methods

Atsuhiko Isobe

Kyusyu University, Japan

Model simulation on floating plastics using monitoring data

Stefanie Werner

Federal Environment Agency, Germany

Monitoring and assessment methods in support of the EU’s Marine Strategy Framework Directive

Thomais Vlachogianni

Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development, Greece

Insights from the implementation of monitoring projects

Shardul Agrawala

OECD

Innovation from design to consumption

Toshihiko Higuchi

Japan Chemical Industry Association

Japanese chemical industries’ innovative solutions for reducing marine plastic litter

Ayano Iki

Alliance to End Plastic Waste

Don’t let it go to waste

Emmanuel Katrakis

European Recycling Industries’ Confederation (EURIC)

Innovation in plastics material recycling – a European perspective

Geoff Freeman

Grocery Manufacturers Association, USA

We are CPG

Michalis Papadoyannakis

European Commission

Addressing single-use plastic products


G7 Workshop on “Value Retention Processes”, 19-20 November 2019, Paris

The French G7 Presidency and the European Commission will host a G7 Workshop on Value Retention Processes. In the context of the G7 Resource Efficiency Alliance, the workshop will build on the outcomes of previous G7 events organised in Brussels in 2017 and in Montreal in 2018. The aim of this workshop is to highlight the best practices of the G7 members in terms of product lifetime extension and value retention policies in the value chain, focusing on two consumer product sectors: textiles and small high-value electronics. It will reflect on how to facilitate the scaling up of such practices.

Final agenda of the workshop

Final report agenda of the workshop

See the available presentations from the speakers

Speaker

Presentation

Ligia Noronha

UN Environment

Challenges and opportunities for a global sustainable economy and the essential role of resource efficiency and circular economy for consumer goods

Benjamin Perret

FNAC-Darty

Eye-opener: Innovative value-retention business models in consumer electronics at FNAC-Darty

Joss Bleriot

Ellen MacArthur Foundation

How markets transform, and what it means for co-ordinated action

Lars Mortensen

European Environment Agency

Prospects and requirements for VRP business in the Textiles Sector

Ingrid Sinclair Sims Recycling Solutions

Prospects and requirements for VRP business in the Consumer Electronics Sector

Textiles – Panel 1

Laura Coppen H&M Innovation Hub

Innovative Business Models For A Circular Economy

Anna Maria Rugarli

VF

Circular Business models

Textiles – Panel 2

Jonas Eder-Hansen

Global Fashion Agenda

Actions to support scaling-up

Aileen McLeod

Member of European Parliament

Actions to Support Scaling up of VRP –Textiles Case Study Scotland

David Quass

Adidas

Futurecraft. Loop

Textiles – Panel 3

LLorenç Mila I Canals

UN Life Cycle Initiative

Measuring and tracking impact of Value Retention Processes in textiles

Jérôme Lemay

Decathlon

RFIDTAG

Baptiste Carriere-Pradal

Sustainable Apparel Coalition

SAC & the Higg Index. A common language and a common voice

Electronics – Panel 1

Benoit Varin

Recommerce

Re!commerce – so refreshed

Kilian Kaminski

Refurbed

Refurbed – The online marketplace for refurbished electronics

Electronics – Panel 1

Toshio Nakamura

Renet Japan Group, Inc.

Tokyo 2020 Recycling Medal Project From Tokyo 2020 to Paris 2024

Caroline Marcouyoux AFNUM 

Afnunm – French digital industry trade associaton

Pierre-Marie Assimon

Ecosystem 

Inducing flows of products for value retention processes in consumer electronics

Electronics – Panel 1

Anton Berwald

Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration

The new Horizon 2020 research project on premature obsolescence

Laetitia Vasseur

HOP 

HOP

Jeroen van Laer

European Commission

Actions to stimulating design for “Value Retention Processes” in consumer electronics


G7 Workshop on "Tools making value chains more circular and resource efficient", 20 – 21 March 2019, Paris

The French G7 Presidency and the European Commission organized a workshop of the G7 Alliance on Resource Efficiency on "Tools making value chains more circular and resource efficient" in Paris on 20-21 March 2019.

By engaging with the business community, the workshop was co-organized by the Ministry in charge of Environment and the Ministry of the Economy and Finance of France, as well as the Directorate-General for Environment and the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs of the European Commission. This workshop enhanced constructive exchanges between policymakers and companies to better exploit the economic opportunities and environmental benefits generated by more circular and resource efficient value chains. Furthermore, this meeting aimed to identify potential barriers for establishing best practices in resource efficiency; and, to discuss how can policymakers and G7 address these barriers.

The workshop focused on voluntary agreements, standardisation, and non-financial reporting, each of them will be the subject of a dedicated session.

Below you may find more information on the workshop, including the PPTs used by the speakers.

Programme of the workshop

See the available presentations from the speakers

Speaker

Presentation

Session 1: Setting the scene

Janez Potočnik

International Resource Panel

Improving resource efficiency: environmental challenges and economic opportunities

Stephan Krinke

Global Business Coalition

Improving resource efficiency in value chains: a business perspective

Philippe Varin

World Materials Forum

Improving resource efficiency in value chains: WMF's experience

Harald Friedl

Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy

Improving resource efficiency in value chains through public-private collaborations

Peter Börkey

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development

Improving resource efficiency in value chains: policy makers perspective

Session 2: Voluntary Agreements

Jocelyn Bleriot

Ellen Mac-Arthur Foundation

Plastics voluntary agreement initiatives

Richard Swannell

Waste and Resources Action Programme

The Courtauld Commitment

Jonathan Perry

Dell

PACE Capital Equipment Coalition

Cyrille Roget

Michelin

Global Platform For Sustainable Natural Rubber Retreading –Green Growth Commitment

Kieren Mayers

Sony

Games Console Self Regulatory Initiative

Thomas Gauthier-Lafaye

Danone

Plastics voluntary agreements

Session 3: Standardisation

Olivier Peyrat

International Standardisation Organisation

Standardisation: a framework for progress for all

Vincent Laflèche

European Committee for Standardisation

European Standards Essential tools to support the transition to a Circular Economy

Michele Galatola

European Commission

The environmental footprint method

Jonathan Perry

Dell

Eco-Label Standards

Hans-Joachim Weintz

J.W.Ostendorf GmbH & Co

Increase of Resource Efficiency through Standardization: Processes - Products - Management

Fabrice Barthélemy

Tarkett

Tarkett Transitioning from Linear to Circular Economy

Benoît Planques

Italpollina

Hello Nature!

Session 4: Non–Financial Reporting and Metrics for Circularity in Value Chains

Anna Krotova

GRI

The power of sustainability reporting

Michael Zimonyi

Natural Capital Coalition

Financial Reporting and Metrics for Circularity in Value Chains

Charlotte Gardes

Ministry of the Ecological and Inclusive Transition / Ministry of the Economy and Finance – France

The French experience with extra-financial reporting

Aldo Ravazzi Douvan

Ministry of Environment, Land and Sea – Italy

Non-Financial Reporting and Metrics for Circularity in Value Chains

Michael Beutler

Kering

Our Natural Capital Journey With The EP&L

Jeff Turner

DSM

Purpose Led, Performance Driven

Jean-Baptiste Petit

PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Circular metrics

Final report of the workshop


Webinar on European Union actions to prevent food waste

Reducing food waste has enormous potential for reducing the resources we use to produce the food we eat. Being more efficient will save food for human consumption, save money and lower the environmental impact of food production and consumption.

In support of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12.3, which establishes a target to halve global food waste and reduce food loss by 2030, the G7 members have committed to facilitate the exchange of best practices and lessons learned in reducing food loss and waste as part of the G7 Alliance on Resource Efficiency. After a successful first webinar featuring efforts in the United States to combat food waste, the EU (Health and Food Safety Directorate-General of the European Commission) organised the second webinar on 28 November 2018 to showcase EU actions carried out in support of SDG 12.3.


G7 Value Retention Policies Workshop: Advancing Remanufacturing, Refurbishment, Repair and Direct Reuse, 21-22 June 2018, Montreal

The Canadian G7 Presidency and the European Commission hosted a workshop on Value Retention Policies in Montreal (Canada) on 21-22 June 2018. The workshop gathered around sixty policy experts and industry leaders from across the G7 and beyond to discuss actions and opportunities for remanufacturing, refurbishment, repair and direct reuse of products – collectively Value Retention Processes (VRPs). This was the second G7 workshop focused on VRPs; the first - Promoting Remanufacturing, Refurbishment, Repair, and Direct Reuse as a contribution to the G7 Alliance on Resource Efficiency - took place in Brussels on 7-8 February 2017 (please see event description below) and it discussed the interim findings of the International Resource Panel’s report on Re-defining Value – The Manufacturing Revolution (2018)

The summary, agenda and PPTs of the workshop are available here.


G7 Plastics Workshop, 22-23 March, Brussels

The Environment Ministry of Japan and the Environment Directorate-General of the European Commission, in cooperation with Canada's Presidency of the G7 in 2018, organised a G7 Plastics Workshop on 22-23 March 2018 in Brussels.

The workshop discussed successful and joint approaches to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), notably concerning plastic management. The objective was to take forward the plastics aspects of the G7 Bologna Roadmap and deliver the strategic direction of the Kobe 3Rs Action Plan and the Toyama Framework on Material Cycles in relation to resource efficiency in the plastics sector, including the realisation of related climate change benefits. The workshop contributed to achieving the aims of the G7 Action Plan to Combat Marine Litter and to Canada's objectives for its G7 Presidency. The workshop provided a forum for discussion among experts, including beyond the G7, to deliver recommendations for further consideration by relevant stakeholders.

For more information on the workshop, please see the programme and concept paper.

The pictures of the workshop are available here.

See the available presentations from the speakers

Speaker

Presentation

Session 1: Setting the scene

Ms Elisa Tonda

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Challenges and opportunities of plastic management

Session 2: Regulators' and stakeholders' initiatives

Mr Hugo Schally

Environment Directorate-General, European Commission

A European Strategy for Plastics in the circular economy

Mr Yusuke Inoue

Ministry of the Environment, Japan

Japan’s Resource Circulation Policy for Plastics

Ms Lorraine Francourt

Dow

Business perspective to sustainability in the plastic sector: Dow's approach

Mr Peter Börkey

Environment Directorate, OECD

OECD work on policies for better plastics management

Session 3: Clean plastic value chains, recycling systems and Extended Producer Responsibility schemes

Session 2: Voluntary Agreements

Mr Jocelyn Blériot

Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Scene setter – New Plastics Economy

Mr Masayuki Isono

ISONO Corporation

It is time to give back to the Earth!

Ms Nina Goodrich

Sustainable Packaging Coalition,

The power of collaboration

Session 4: Single-use plastics

Mr Dominic Hogg

Eunomia Research & Consulting

Scene setter - Single Use Plastics

Mr Ronald Cotterman

Sealed Air

Sustainability & Innovation for a Circular Economy

Ms Sophia Chrysopoulou

The Coca-Cola Company

World Without Waste

Session 5: Microplastics and leakage to water-courses and the oceans

Ms Stefanie Werner

Umweltbundesamt (UBA), Germany

Scene setter - Microplastics and leakage to water-courses and the oceans

Ms Giulia Sagnotti

Environment Ministry, Italy

Microplastics and leakage to water courses and the oceans


Measures against Microplastics in the environment

Mr Mauro Scalia

Euratex

Cross Industry Agreement for the prevention of microplastic release into the aquatic environment during the washing of synthetic textiles

Mr Jeremy Douglas

Ocean Wise

Ocean Wise

Session 6: Information campaigns and innovative solutions

Mr Ron Vance

US EPA

USEPA Innovative Solutions on Marine Plastic Litter

Mr Mike Mannaart

Association of North-Western European Municipalities (KIMO)

Examples of challenging projects that address pollution in the marine environment by engaging civil society - The Fishing for Litter Scheme & the Green Deal Approach

Ms Irene Díez Ruiz

ECOALF Foundation

ECOALF – Because there is no planet B


Stakeholder Session of the G7 Meeting on Resource Efficiency, Co-organised by Italy's Presidency of the G7 and the European Commission, 8 February 2017 Brussels

The Italian Environment Ministry and the Environment Directorate-General of the European Commission hosted a one and a half day G7 meeting in Brussels to discuss resource efficiency under Italy's Presidency of the G7.
The first part of the meeting on 8 February in the afternoon gathered stakeholders and policy makers of the G7 members to further discuss the IRP and OECD reports, Resource Efficiency: Potential and Economic Implications and Policy Guidance on Resource Efficiency respectively, highlighting key policy recommendations. Stakeholders shared their views on the reports and provided their views to design an ambitious Roadmap for the future development of the G7 Alliance on Resource Efficiency.
The stakeholders' contribution will help to shape the strategic direction of G7 Environment Ministers' Meeting in Bologna on 11-12 June 2017, providing a blueprint for further action on resource efficiency and sustainability.

The agenda is available here. The full report of the workshop is available here.

See the available presentations from the speakers


Promoting Remanufacturing, Refurbishment, Repair, and Direct Reuse as a contribution to the G7 Alliance on Resource Efficiency, 7-8 February 2017 Brussels, Belgium

The International Resource Panel (IRP) and the European Commission have organised a 1 ½ day workshop in Brussels, Belgium, under the aegis of the G7 Alliance on Resource Efficiency, to illustrate the preliminary findings of the IRP report on the role of remanufacturing, refurbishment, repair and direct reuse (RRRDR) practices.

RRRDR have proven to generate a number of benefits that span different sectors and greatly contribute to build a sustainable and inclusive economy. The IRP report explains the potential of RRRDR in three industrial sectors (motor vehicle parts, heavy-duty equipment and commercial imaging products), highlighting opportunities and barriers together with enabling policy frameworks and avenues of innovation. This workshop served as a networking platform for experts and policy makers to discuss the IRP report. It has provided valuable feedbacks and insights that fuelled the substantive discussions by G7 members on 8-9 February 2017.

The agenda is available here. The full report of the workshop is available here.

See the available presentations from the speakers

Speaker

Presentation

Luca Marmo,

Environment Directorate-General, European Commission
Introduction and objectives of the workshop

Nabil Nasr,

International Resource Panel (IRP)

Gains from remanufacturing, refurbishment, repair, & direct reuse: Insights from the International Resource Panel

Barriers to advancing remanufacturing, refurbishment, repair & direct reuse: Insights from the International Resource Panel

Patrick Carminati,

Lexmark's Manager Supplies Sourcing & Manufacturing Operations

Remanufacturing as an Opportunity

Nestor Coronado Palma,

Circular Economy Expert
How to change the business models?

Salvador Munoz Zarate,

WABCO Reman solutions
The Problem = waste

Fabio Eboli,

Ministry of Environment, Land and Sea, Italy
Effective policy frameworks for remanufacturing, refurbishment, repair, and direct reuse

Anna Karin Jönbrink,

Swerea-IVF, Sweden
Policy in the Circular Economy
”POLCIRKELN” (The Polar Circle)

Carsten Wachholz,

European Environmental Bureau (EEB)
Enjoying more with less - Existing grassroots initiatives for
circular consumption and how to overcome barriers to scale them up
Jože Gregorič,
Project Manager, Snaga, Ljubljana
On our way to sustainable society
Klaus Hieronymi, Hewlett Packard Increasing consumer acceptance of remanufacturing, refurbishment repair and direct reuse