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What does zero waste have to do with COP26?

2nd November 2021 · 2:00 PM (CET)

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As our climate crisis continues to deepen, this year’s COP26 conference comes at a critically important time. For delegates attending, and for those of us watching the negotiations from afar, solutions to climate change need not only to be recognised, but a strong enabling framework needs to be established, with the right financial and legal for these solutions to be scaled up.

There is a growing bank of data and evidence from around the world showcasing the benefits that zero waste solutions can have on tackling climate change. Zero Waste Cities in Europe are providing a practical framework for what action on zero waste and climate change looks like in reality. This webinar will explore these policies in greater depth, examining the decisions behind their design and implementation, as well the the impact they are having and how others municipalities can replicate their success.

This webinar will explore the answers to these key questions:

    • What does science say about the ability of zero waste solutions to reduce GhG emissions?
    • What role can zero waste cities play in helping achieve a net-zero carbon world?
    • How are European cities already tackling climate change through the adoption of local zero waste strategies?



Kathrin Zeller

Senior Manager, Waste to Resources at C40 Cities and manager of the organisation’s Waste to Resources Network.

Kathrin serves as the Senior Manager, Waste to Resources at C40 Cities and manages the organisation’s Waste to Resources Network. In this role, she assists cities in accelerating actions around a climate-safe future, focusing on a transition from waste to resource management and encouraging policies around waste prevention, reduction and recycling.

Selina Kahl

Zero Waste Project Member, Environmental Protection Department Kiel

Selina Kahl is the Zero Waste Project Manager within the Environmental Protection Department at the City of Kiel in Northern Germany, the country’s first Zero Waste City. This means that Selina works on the implementation of the city’s zero waste measures on a local level. She studied political and economic science as her bachelor’s degree and social sustainability in her master’s degree. During her studies, Selina also worked for the German Sustainability Award and coordinated the award for entrepreneurs.

David Christensen

Project Manager at BOFA

David Christensen is a Project Manager at BOFA, the waste management company under the Regional Municipality of Bornholm, Denmark. The island of Bjornholm has a vision of becoming a zero waste society by 2032, when the company’s waste incineration plant is set to shut down. In his role, David also sets up Living Labs with partners in Poland and Lithuania, in order to try out innovative ways of separating, collecting and transporting waste in a co-design process with user-citizens. David is also a Part-time Lecturer at Aalborg University for the BSc program in Urban, Energy and Environmental Planning in Copenhagen.

Jack McQuibban

Moderator - Zero Waste Cities Programme Coordinator, Zero Waste Europe

Jack is a young professional leader working in the field of environmental campaigning and movement building. Jack is currently the Zero Waste Cities Programme Coordinator at Zero Waste Europe (ZWE), responsible for supporting local municipalities across Europe, via the network of ZWE's members, to design and implement effective zero waste strategies in their community. Currently, the programme works with nearly 400 municipalities who have committed to go zero waste, and Jack has been behind the creation of Europe's first ever Zero Waste Cities Certification. Previously, Jack has over 5 years experience working for organisations in the field of sustainability and youth-led development, successfully building campaigns and movements to influence policies at the United Nations, European Union and British Government level. In his spare time, Jack is a keen environmentalist and sportsman - ideally combining the two. He volunteers for the UK Green Party and represents Europe on the Zero Waste International Alliance Board.

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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