Zero Waste to Zero Emissions: How Reducing Waste is a Climate Gamechanger

GAIA’s flagship climate report (released October 4, 2022) provides the most current, comprehensive research on how zero waste is an essential climate solution. Through the publication of this report alongside supplementary communications and advocacy materials, GAIA aims to support member-driven zero waste campaigns in your communities to give decisionmakers clear and decisive information on why they should invest in zero waste as a way to reduce climate emissions and build a just transition to a more climate-resilient future, providing a host of social, environmental, and economic benefits. 

The report contains four parts: 

  • Zero waste and climate mitigation: How zero waste is a critical strategy to hit GHG reduction targets 
  • Zero waste and climate adaptation: How zero waste helps cities become more resilient in the face of accelerating climate disasters
  • Co-benefits: How zero waste can bring about a just transition to more and better green jobs, reduce poverty, strengthen local economies and more
  • Case studies: A calculation of how many GHG emissions savings cities around the world could achieve if they were to adopt a slate of zero waste strategies

As the EU faces a looming gas shortage, EU countries are looking to consumers to shoulder the brunt of reductions and are pursuing deals to secure new fossil fuel supplies. At the same time, policymakers are leaving the plastics and petrochemicals sector untouched. A new report from Break Free From Plastic and the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) explores the European market for plastics and petrochemicals, arguing that the EU can advance energy security by making cuts to these energy-intensive industries.

Led by Break Free From Plastic & CIEL, written by Amadeo Ghiotto and Delphine Lévi Alvarès. Published in September 2022

A practical guide to help business leaders identify circular opportunities and design business models that create, deliver and capture value. Focused on the circular economy, this guide provides steps and templates for businesses to navigate opportunities to minimize waste and maximize value. Created by PA Consulting in conjunction with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and University of Exeter.

This study is the first global insurance industry study on managing the risks associated with plastic pollution, marine plastic litter and microplastics. It identifies how risks related to plastic pollution play out across insurance lines and asset classes in which insurers invest. It argues that insurers should take an active role in addressing the risks related to plastic pollution and in contributing to global efforts to reduce it.

Tackling plastic waste and pollution is the cause celebre in 2018 and will only surge for 2019. Businesses are under enormous societal and impending regulatory pressure to find viable solutions to reduce, eliminate and reuse plastics.

To help you tackle this vast plastic problem and identify scalable solutions, we have interviewed industries leaders to share their experiences and insight in our newly produced white paper. Get exclusive insights from:

  • Melissa Wang, Senior Scientist, Greenpeace
  • Joe Franses, Vice-President, Sustainability, Coca-Cola European Partners
  • Risto Vapola, Technical Product Manager, Neste
  • Jon Khoo, Innovation Partner, Interface
  • Tom Domen, Global Head Long Term Innovation Manager, Ecover / Method
  • Jane Bevis, Chair, On-Pack Recycling Label
  • Beverley Cornaby, Programme Manager, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)
  • Chris Brown, Managing Director, Clean Tech
  • David Moon, Head of Business Collaboration, Waste & Resources Action
  • Dune Ives, Executive Director, Lonely Whale
  • John Burke, Chief Marketing Officer, Bacardi

Despite decades of deceptive industry marketing, we know we can’t recycle our way out of the plastic pollution crisis. But the companies making and selling plastic—and their trade association surrogate the American Chemistry Council—aren’t giving up. Instead, they’re doubling down to mislead investors, governments, and the public into believing we can. This Greenpeace report reveals how they’re using the fantasy of chemical recycling to do it.