The Alliance workshops and webinars bring together businesses, researchers, civil society, and policy makers to advance resource efficiency discussions and to highlight good practices.

Workshop on Resource Efficiency Measuring and Monitoring

23 September 2021


This workshop explored possible metrics for measuring resource efficiency at a national level followed by exploration of the potential to use resource efficiency to achieve climate mitigation goals and how reporting and measuring could be used to support such action.  Attended by all G7 countries as well as technical experts from G20 countries Argentina, Australia, Indonesia, Mexico, Spain, Turkey, and The Republic of Korea.

G7 Technical Working Group on Household Food Waste

25 March 2021


The purpose of this technical working group was to discuss actions that support reducing food waste at the household level. Based on these discussions, the UK Presidency identified the key components needed for an effective strategy. Each delegation presented examples of best practice, sharing lessons learnt and improving information flow on the issue. Experts also joined from WRAP (the Waste and Resources Action Programme) and the World Resources Institute.

G7 Workshop on Value Retention Processes

19-20 November 2019
Paris, France

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.

G7 Workshop on Circular and Resource Efficient Value-Chains

20-21 March 2019
Paris, France

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. 

International Approaches to Reducing Food Loss and Waste

26 June 2018
Cambridge, United States

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 Protection Agency, was to discuss international perspectives, including those of the G7 countries, on best practices for addressing food loss and waste issues.

G7 Workshop on Value Retention Practices

21-22 June 2018
Montreal, Canada

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. 

Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Web Academy Webinar: Business Innovations in Reducing Food Loss and Waste

17 May 2018


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.

G7  Workshop on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns in the context of 2030 Agenda implementation 

19-20 June 2017

Berlin, Germany

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).

G7  Workshop on Promoting Remanufacturing, Refurbishment, Repair, and Direct Reuse (RRDR)

7-8 February 2017
Brussels, Belgium

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.

G7 Workshop on Resource Efficiency and a Low-Carbon Society: Identifying Opportunities and Implications

December 2016

Tokyo, Japan

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.

G7 Workshop on International Resource Recycling

December 2016

Tokyo, Japan

The focus of this workshop was to share best practices for improving international resource recycling and share relevant public and private initiatives to overcome the associated challenges. It also aimed to create a platform to initiate international cooperation on resource recycling, with the underlying goal of improving resource efficiency globally.

G7 Workshop on the Use of Life Cycle Concepts in Supply Chain Management to Achieve Resource Efficiency
22-23 March 2016
Washington DC, USA

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.

G7 Workshop on International Cooperation for Improving Global Resource Efficiency

22 February 2016
Yokohama, Japan

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. 

G7 Workshop on Advancing Industrial Symbiosis

29-30 October 2015
Birmingham, United Kingdom

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.  

High Level Session &

G7 Workshop on Resource Efficiency

12-13 March 2015

Berlin, Germany

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.