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What does the energy crisis mean for zero waste?

6th October 2022 · 2:00 PM (CET)

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According to the International Energy Agency, the world is experiencing the first truly global energy crisis in history. The situation is especially perilous in Europe, which the IEA claims is at the epicentre of the energy market turmoil, exacerbating problems that existed before but have only worsened because of the war in Ukraine.

In mid 2022, the European Union released a new strategy, ’RePowerEU,’ that aims to end the EU’s dependence on Russian fossil fuels whilst also tackling the climate crisis. Whilst the energy crisis provides an immediate threat to citizens today, the longer term costs and damage caused by inaction against climate change remain far greater. It’s therefore imperative that decision-makers ensure our long-term goals of creating a circular, net-zero society remain at the centre of any short-term deals to increase energy availability. 

As we head into a winter in Europe, where demand for energy will only increase and could result in rationing and disruption, we are convening a webinar to look at what this current energy crisis means for the principles and practical application of zero waste, in the short and long term. 

This webinar will go into greater depth to address the following key questions and more:

  • Can the circular economy and zero waste help reduce our dependence on fossil fuels?
  • What role do zero waste systems and solutions play in helping bring about a more sustainable and independent energy policy in Europe?
  • What solutions exist in the short and mid-term to avoid the energy crisis preventing progress towards zero waste and how do they differ in different European contexts?


  • Download Doreen Fedrigo’s presentation HERE
  • Download Delphine Levi Alvares’ presentation HERE
  • Download Dominic Hogg’s presentation HERE


Delphine Lévi Alvarès

Coordinator of Break Free From Plastic Europe & the Rethink Plastic alliance

Delphine Lévi Alvarès is the European coordinator of the Break Free From Plastic movement. She has been a driving force behind the development of the movement’s holistic strategy, linking it to the broader global movement. She has played a central role in the foundation of the movement since its inception in 2016, uniting more than 100 European NGOs under a common vision. Since its foundation in 2017, Delphine is also the coordinator of the Rethink Plastic alliance: the Brussels based, policy coalition working on plastic pollution issues across the European Union which played a crucial role in securing ambitious legislation on single-use plastics at the European level.

Dominic Hogg

Director, Equanimator

Dr Dominic Hogg is the Director of Equanimator. He was the founder of Eunomia research and consulting where he led the organisation for over 20 years. He has received a physics degree from Oxford, Master from Wales, PhD from Cambridge. In 2020, he stepped down from Eunomia and founded Equanimator to spend more time working deeply on some key challenges and designing policy mechanisms and strategies to drive the change needed.

Doreen Fedrigo

Industrial Transformation Policy Coordinator at Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe

Doreen Fedrigo is Industrial Transformation Policy Coordinator at Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe where she leads the production and consumption team. She has more than 30 years’ NGO experience at both UK and EU levels, and has worked on files ranging from waste, recycling and products, to sustainable consumption and production, bioeconomy and the circular economy. At CAN Europe, she leads industrial transformation work focusing on driving industry to achieve headline EU environmental objectives. This particularly means extending focus beyond technological decarbonisation, to take a holistic approach of ecodesign of products and processes and alternative business models that get value out of reduced and cleaner resource and energy use.

Webinar features

  • Learn from frontrunners and high level experts without leaving your office
  • Understand how to design and implement successful zero waste programmes at the local level
  • Learn the stories behind the best practices
  • Be one step ahead with key conversations related to zero waste and circular economy strategies
  • Connect with like-minded local stakeholders

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