SWANA announces David Biderman, SWANA CEO and Executive Director, has been elected as Chair of the Department of Commerce’s Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee’s (ETTAC) Waste Management and Circular Economy Subcommittee. “I am honored to have been selected by the other members of this important federal advisory committee to chair the new Waste Management and Circular Economy subcommittee,” said Biderman. “The nexus between proper waste management, the Circular Economy, climate change, and marine litter is well-established, and ETTAC will provide timely and actionable advice to the Commerce Department that seeks to protect the environment, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and benefit American companies. The environmental challenges associated with solid waste are significant global issues, and SWANA is well-positioned to lead in this area.”
At the beginning of 2020, BlackRock laid a series of steps to make sustainability a key component of our investment approach, driven by an investment conviction that an understanding of sustainability issues is essential to long-term investment performance. In mid-2020, we surveyed our clients to better understand their drivers and challenges to sustainable investing, how the pandemic has affected their implementation, and how innovation can spur adoption. We heard from 425 investors in 27 countries representing as estimated U.S. $25 trillion in assets under management.
A recent study by global consultant Frost & Sullivan finds that the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member nations’ aspirations for sustainability are driving the replacement of linear waste management models with circular models, creating a new wave of opportunities. The report titled Circular Economy Redefining the GCC Waste Management Market, 2021, gives a detailed analysis of the growing opportunity in waste management in the region. Population growth and accelerated economic development are increasing total waste generation in the region (including construction and demolition (C&D) waste, municipal solid waste (MSW), plastic waste, and lead-acid battery waste). If unchecked, this could result in an increase from 130.6 million metric tons in 2021 to 163.9 million metric tons by 2025. A transition toward circular models is already underway, as with the UAE’s Circular Economy Policy 2021-2031 and the KSA’s Circular Carbon Economy. The policies reflect the region’s commitment to meeting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) while enhancing the quality of life for residents.
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