How can the waste sector contribute to a successful COP26? A Sustainable Resource Forum event

On Monday we held our COP26 & the waste and resource sector event

In the context of COP26, our session explored where the emissions of the waste sector come from, what the net zero pathway for the sector looks like and what steps the sector needs to take to achieve this.

The session was Chaired by Dr Alan Whitehead MP who gave the opening remarks and led the discussion.


  • Louis Worthington - The Committee on Climate Change, who set out the context for the discussion and outlined how the waste sector can contribute to COP26
  • Claire Shrewsbury - WRAP, who spoke on making better use of existing products, tackling food waste and how we can reduce emissions by recycling more in the UK domestically
  • Jacob Hayler - Environmental Services Association, who introduced the ESA's roadmap for the sector and how to achieve net zero, highlighting 3 main areas: recycling, transport and residual waste.
  • Zoë Lenkiewicz - WasteAid, who outlined the consequences of not having a waste management system, comparing the UK's system to other countries, and explained how waste management systems can help tackle climate change.
  • Prof David C. Wilson MBE– Visiting Professor, Imperial College London, who noted that “together we need to put better waste management firmly on the agenda at #COP26”.

We are pleased to see coverage of this event in Materials Recycling World and Let's Recycle.

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