On Thursday, 11 June, Hong Kong will host its first annual Zero Waste Global Summit, a can’t-miss event for those who wish to decrease their negative impact on the environment. Over 20 international and local expert speakers includingChristine Loh, Under Secretary for the Environment, Hong Kong, Dr. Paul Connett, author of The Zero Waste Solution and Joan Marc Simon, Director of Zero Waste Europe, will be in attendance to present seminars, panel discussions and action-oriented workshops that will give attendees tangible solutions and actionable items to confidently set goals and timelines to reduce waste.
The Summit, intended for business professionals that are interested in sustainability and reducing waste, targets C-suite executives from all sectors including finance, property management, F&B, hospitality and waste management, those in CSR, ESG, marketing and communications as well as NGOs. Attendees can expect to hear on topics such as “10 Steps to Zero Waste,” “Zero Waste Corporate Roundtable: Learnings and Outcomes,” “A Circular Economy – Sustainable Business Models,” “A Zero Waste Case Study – 95% Waste Diversion Success Story from the Philippines,” and “Striving for Zero Waste in the F&B World.”
Internationally accredited speakers and moderators at the Zero Waste Week Global Summit include:
- Christine Loh – Under Secretary for the Environment, Hong Kong SAR, Hong Kong
- Dr. Paul Connett – Author, The Zero Waste Solution, USA
- Joan Marc Simon – Director, Zero Waste Europe, Spain
- Pal Martensson – Director, Zero Waste International Alliance, Sweden
- Sonia Mendoza – Chairman, Mother Earth Foundation, Philippines
- Enzo Favoino – Chair, Scientific Committee, Zero Waste Europe, Italy
- Paul Zimmerman – Founder, Designing Hong Kong, Hong Kong
- Samuel Kwong – Group ESG Manager, John Swire & Sons
- Dr. King Ming Chan – Professor, Environmental Science Program, Chinese University, Hong Kong
- Buddy Boyd – Director, Zero Waste Canada, Canada
- Rossano Ercolini – 2013 Goldman Environmental Prize Winner, Italy
- Leslie Lukacs – Principal, L2 Environmental, USA
- Rowan Williams – Regional Market Development Manager, Asia Pacific, Biopolymers, BASF, Australia
- Gustavo Ritzmann – Strategic Planner, Instituto Lixo Zero Brasil, Brazil
- Claire Sancelot – Founder, HK Green Home, Hong Kong
- Bobsy Gaia – Founder, Mana! Fast Slow Food, Hong Kong Executive Director – Dynamic Progress International Ltd, Hong Kong
- Al Fullerton – CEO, Zenda Green Energy, Hong Kong
- Alison Harbert – Vice President, Head of Branding & Marketing, Asia ex-Japan, Nomura, Hong Kong
- Tracey Read – Founder, Plastic Free Seas, Hong Kong
- Ciara Shannon – Founder, Eden Ventures, Hong Kong
- Ike Park – Founder, Project O2, Hong Kong
- Merrin Pearse – Founder, Coordinate4U, Hong Kong
A limited number of tickets are now available through Ecozine and Eventbrite. Tickets are priced at $850 for individuals and $400 for students and NGOs. A 10% group discount will be applied for bookings of 5 or more at the same time.
The Summit takes place during Zero Waste Week Hong Kong, a citywide challenge to send less to the landfill for the week of 7 to 14 June. A community outreach, thought leadership and social media campaign led by Hong Kong Cleanup and Ecozine founders Lisa Christensen and Nissa Marion, it brings attention to the necessity to reduce the output of waste in Hong Kong.
Why is Zero Waste important?
Hong Kong generates 6 million tonnes of waste per year – equivalent to 240,000 double decker buses, more than 50 times the number of buses in Hong Kong – and the government is already spending millions of dollars to clean up and dispose of it. With the landfills in Hong Kong almost full, vast amounts are left to nature, which not only threatens wildlife and ecosystems, but also puts human health and safety at risk along with undermining tourism and economic activity.
According to a scientific research paper just released, about eight million tonnes of plastic waste find their way into the world’s oceans each year. The new study is said to be the best effort yet to quantify just how much of this debris is being dumped, blown or simply washed out to sea.
Eight million tonnes is like covering an area 34 times the size of Hong Kong Island to ankle depth. The quantity entering the ocean is equal to about five plastic grocery bags full of plastic for every foot of coastline in the world.
The Hong Kong government is planning to build an incinerator and implement a waste-charging scheme. However, we believe it is up to us, the caring citizens of Hong Kong, to take personal responsibility and minimize our trash footprint. We are the solution.