The purpose of this workshop was to discuss the potential of value retention practices such as re-manufacturing, refurbishment, repair and direct reuse to deliver economic and environmental sustainability outcomes. Presenters and participants from the private and public sectors discussed innovative business models and opportunities for scaling up value retention practices in two sectors - textiles and consumer electronics.
This workshop focused on the use of voluntary agreements, standardization, and non-financial reporting to increase resource efficiency in value-chains. Presenters from various industries, research institutions, and policy makers discussed the need for (1) integration of resource efficiency and circular economy criteria based on life-cycle approaches in development of standards; (2) development of metrics, reporting protocols, and related environmental accounting principles; and (3) use of voluntary agreements to promote best practices and participation of business to increase resource efficiency and to promote circular value-chains.
The 2018 U.S. Food Summit included a session on international approaches to reducing food loss and waste. The main purpose of this session, which was hosted by the U.S. Environmental
was to discuss international perspectives, including those of the G7 countries, on best practices for addressing food loss and waste issues.
Building on the findings of the 2017 Alliance workshop, discussions focused on the economic, environmental, and social gains in
expanding value retention practices. Workshop participants explored the role of international definitions and standards, as well as
reverse logistics arrangements in supporting the expansion of VRPs;
demonstrated the opportunities and potentials in the consumer products
sector; and touched on the role of governments and market-based measures
to incentivize VRPs.
The G7 Alliance’s 2018 efforts to share best practices to reducing food waste included a U.S.-hosted webinar that highlighted the actions of three United States Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions. Speakers from each company shared best practices, tools, and resources they created to prevent food from going to waste, and addressed how shifts in company culture have changed operations as well as the critical role measurement of food waste plays in achieving their goals.
Hosted by Japan and Germany, the purpose of this event was to engage in discussions on successful and collaborative methods to implement sustainable consumption and production patterns (SDG 12), with decision makers and representatives from governments, business, science, and civil society of G7 countries.
The primary themes involved food waste reduction, sustainable lifestyles and education, as well as consumer information and awareness (e.g. eco-labeling).
Hosted by the European Commission, the purpose of this workshop was to present the preliminary findings of the report by the International Resource Panel on remanufacture, refurbishment, repair and direct reuse (RRDR). In addition, discussions explored solutions for overcoming market and policy barriers to promote circular economy processes.
The event focused on facilitating discussions among stakeholders about the possibilities and potential implications surrounding the establishment of a resource efficient and less carbon dependent society.
Some discussion points included opportunities for de-carbonization and associated policies with consideration of future societies, linkages between low-carbon and resource efficiency, taking concerted and synergistic actions with interlinked targets, etc.
This workshop provided a platform to share best practices and key issues that promote or prevent the use of life cycle concepts in sustainable supply chain management. The goal was for countries to collaborate and apply these findings within their own contexts in a manner that helps advance resource efficiency policies and programs.
This workshop discussed the needs for improving resource efficiency at a global level and
the role of international cooperation in advancing the 3Rs. Workshop presenters provided a diverse set of approaches from across the G7, Asia, Africa and South America. A special session explored disaster waste management.
The purpose of this workshop was to present various perspectives on industrial symbiosis success stories and experiences. Discussions focused on the role of industrial symbiosis in moving
towards resource efficient economies, driving competitive
advantage and related implementation challenges,
supply chain diversification
and risk mitigation, policy objectives and scaling up industrial symbiosis to
meet global challenges.
This event was held to consider national resource efficiency policies and experience, and to exchange views on possible action by the G7 on resource efficiency. The former part of the meeting was dedicated to a public High Level Event. The latter continued as a Workshop with G7 delegations and invited guest speakers from the UNEP International Resource Panel, the OECD, and the private sector. At the end, G7 government delegations met to discuss possible deliverables of the G7 summit on this subject.