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Zero Waste France on its Way to COP21

Zero waste France is moving towards COP21

France is preparing to host the 21st UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) Conference of the Parties, namely COP21, as is Zero Waste France.

COP21 will be held in Paris from November 30 to December 11. The French government will be responsible for promoting this high-level international negotiation to urge governments to agree on an action plan to address climate change; taking into account climate change mitigation and support The urgency of local fragile countries and communities suffering from the consequences of climate change is not an easy task, but it certainly cannot be postponed.

In this context, France’s Zero Waste Utilization Opportunity puts waste issues on the climate change agenda and emphasizes the important link between these two action fronts. The team released a monthly newsletter on climate change and waste, and a briefing for members of Congress is about to be released. Since last week, it has begun to provide a series of training for the community and the public.

Delphine Lévi Alvarès, responsible for the relationship between zero waste French institutions, said: “In environmental thinking, climate change and waste are conceptually regarded as two separate issues, but in practice they are closely related. We believe that citizens and policymakers must To better understand these connections, and COP21 is a great opportunity to work in this direction."

Last year, on April 25, 2015, three members of the French Zero Waste Team, Delphine, Manon and Anna, traveled to Lyon to provide training on waste and climate for the newly established local zero waste team.

The purpose of this training is to demonstrate the impact of waste management on the climate and how the zero-waste strategy can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build a resource-saving society to stop climate change. In a more practical sense, training provides communities with tools to reduce waste while tackling climate change.

Participating in the training are 16 members of Zero Waste Lyon, France. First, they gave a general explanation of the impact of waste management on climate change, with particular attention to waste disposal options (waste incineration, landfill and related transportation), overconsumption, and food and product waste. It also emphasized the potential of the zero-waste strategy in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. After being divided into groups, participants studied the impact of products (mobile phones, plastic bottles, etc.) on the climate and followed up the action plan meeting to be held in Lyon.

Some participants said: "It is very interesting to portray the life cycle of daily necessities" and "There is a lot of work to be done. This is a huge responsibility, but the COP will be a good opportunity to change things."

The Zero Waste France team was very satisfied with the first experience and plans to repeat this waste and climate training near Paris and Nantes in May.

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