Available to watch on demand: edie's Earth Overshoot webinar
edie's latest webinar, which took place Monday 29 July and will saw sustainability experts from Tesco, AB Sugar and the Global Footprint Network discuss how business can champion the circular economy to push back Earth Overshoot Day - the day that humanity uses up all of the planet's natural resources for the year - is available to watch on demand.
This one-hour webinar, hosted on Earth Overshoot Day 2019, took place Monday 29 July at 2pm (BST) and was in association with Centrica Business Solutions. The webinar heard from businesses that are radically reinventing their business models and decoupling growth from resource consumption to advance a circular economy and operate within the means of our planet.
On the day of this webinar – Monday 29th July 2019 – humanity will have used up nature’s resource budget for the entire year, according to international research organisation Global Footprint Network. This is the earliest date that Earth Overshoot Day has ever been recorded.
But there is a counter-narrative: one of businesses transitioning away from linear, degenerative business models towards circular economy-based strategies based on regenerative, closed-loop supply chains.
So, what exactly does that counter-narrative look like? How are businesses collaborating, innovating and actuating to achieve a circular economy for themselves and their sectors? And what are the real levers for change that can effectively decouple business growth from resource consumption – even in the most ecologically impactful sectors?
This edie webinar brings together resource efficiency experts with senior sustainability professionals to explore how organisations can make circularity a reality.
Content Editor, edie.net
Matt Mace is the content editor for edie.net, covering the latest reports, news and features for sustainability, energy and resource efficiency professionals.
Head of Advocacy, AB Sugar
An experienced advocacy and policy professional, with 20 years of combined strategic experience working in both the private sector and non-governmental sector. Katharine holds a wide breadth of knowledge across a variety of sectors, having lead policy and advocacy strategies on themes such as climate change, tax, ethical sourcing, human rights, health and nutrition and trade, to name but a few. Currently driving forward AB Sugar’s Advocacy strategy and leading the journey towards the business’ 2030 sustainability commitments.
Head of Food Sustainability, Sourcing and Waste Policy, Tesco
Mark leads the Tesco food waste reduction programme in the UK and international markets. This includes working in partnership with farmers and suppliers to tackle supply chain waste, helping customers to reduce waste in their homes and delivering a programme to ensure no food safe for human consumption goes to waste in the UK stores and distribution centres. He is also responsible for supporting Tesco CEO Dave Lewis in his role as Chair of Champions 12.3 – a global coalition of leaders dedicated to accelerating progress towards Sustainable Development Goal Target 12.3 to halve food waste by 2030. Mark previously led Tesco’s supply chain climate change programme and has a background in environmental technology and life cycle assessment.
Senior Customer Insight Manager, Centrica Business Solutions
Maxine leads Customer Insight for Centrica Business Systems and recently delivered the Distributed Energy Future Trends research – a wide-ranging piece designed to understand energy attitudes and trends in Europe and North America and map these to a new Sustainable Business model. She has a strong interest in corporate social responsibility and experience of working in the IT and Telco sectors.
Director, special initiatives, Global Footprint Network
Laetitia Mailhes is passionate about bringing complex, critical stories and messages to the world with a view to causing a positive impact. In her role at Global Footprint Network, she focuses on developing strategies, relationships, and content that enhance the accessibility and relevance of the organization’s findings so they can become integrated in the public debate.
Laetitia boasts more than 20 years of experience in journalism, communications, and advocacy work. The Silicon Valley correspondent of the French Financial Times for 10 years, she also had her work published in business magazine Stratégies and French national daily Libération among others. She was also a regular contributor to various radio news programs in France and Switzerland. The co-author of two books about food systems, she has written extensively in English and French about sustainability issues. Her writing has appeared on GreenBiz, Care2, MomsRising.org, and more.