CIWM President criticizes lack of waste in COP26 agenda
Dr Adam Read, president of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), criticized the “lack of resources and representation of waste” throughout the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in 2021.
Denouncing the waste industry’s absence on the agenda as “critical oversight,” Read urged world leaders to recognize the role the recycling and resource management industry must play in supporting decarbonization efforts.
The CIWM President went on to say that the industry has been “neglected and left without a seat at the table”, despite his assertion that waste and resource management is a critical force in achieving global goals. ‘net zero goals and mitigate the increase in global temperature.
Adam Read continued: “While we welcome the recent release of the UK government’s net zero strategy and recognize that COP26 is a fantastic opportunity to secure global and coordinated action on climate change, the fact that resources and waste has for all intents and purposes been left out. the agenda completely puzzled me.
“In 2018, the sector’s activities saved nearly 50 million tonnes of CO2e emissions across the economy, equivalent to removing 10 million cars from UK roads.
“Creating a circular economy and a world beyond waste – where resource efficiency is maximized, the waste hierarchy respected and our materials reused – could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 39%. The failure of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in UK 2021 to fully recognize the critical role the resource and waste sector must play in helping to achieve net zero goals, not just in the UK United, but in the world, is a critical oversight on their part. . “
As a result of the criticism, several ‘side-events’ were held across the country dedicated to providing the resource management industry with a platform to assert its role in achieving the global net zero goals. The events are to be reported by the CIWM, both through its online publication and social channels, and will cover a range of topics, including public engagement and the need to accelerate behavior change.