The G20 agreed at the Summit in Hamburg to launch a G20 Resource Efficiency Dialogue. The G20 Leaders’ Declaration states: “The G20 Resource Efficiency Dialogue will exchange good practices and national experiences to improve the efficiency and sustainability of natural resource use across the entire life cycle, and to promote sustainable consumption and production patterns.” Germany will host the Inaugural Meeting of the G20 Resource Efficiency Dialogue.

Monday, 27 November 2017
8.30-9.30 Registration and welcome coffee

Resource efficiency: a key to the Sustainable Development Goals
Moderated by Conny Czymoch, Journalist


Launch of the G20 Resource Efficiency Dialogue
Barbara Hendricks, Federal Minister for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Germany


Boosting innovation with resource efficiency
Matthias Machnig, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany


Japan’s perspective on the role of resource efficiency for the SDGs
Tadahiko Ito, State Minister of the Environment, Japan


Resource efficiency & secondary resource management – Indian best practices & learnings
S.P. Singh Parihar, Chairman, Central Pollution Control Board, India


Resource efficiency and the circular economy: linking knowledge with policy
Hans Bruyninckx, Executive Director, European Environment Agency


Coffee break


Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
Elliott Harris, Assistant Secretary-General of United Nations, Director New York Office, UN Environment


Moderated panel discussion with all speakers and Q&A from auditorium

13.00-14.00 Lunch

Good practices and resource-efficient solutions along the entire life-cycle


Parallel Break-out Sessions: good practice examples from G20 partners

Chair Break-out Session 1: Helge Wendenburg, Director-General, Water Management, Resource Conservation, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)

  • Makoto Harita, President, Harita Metal
  • Eric Le Corre, Corporate Vice-President Public Affairs, Michelin
  • Mark Gordon, Deputy Director-General, Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa
  • Kirsten Kück, Head of Sustainability, Aurubis, Germany
  • Sinem Demir, Industrial Resource Efficiency Specialist, Climate Competitive Industries, World Bank Group, Turkey
  • Oleg Bachinskiy, Director of Basel Convention Centre, Secretary of Partner Council “St. Petersburg Initiative”, Russia

Chair Break-out Session 2: Thomas Gäckle, Deputy Director-General, Raw Material Policy, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)

  • Ronald Voglewede, Global Sustainability Director, Whirlpool Corporation
  • Robert Metzke, Global Head of Sustainability, Chief of Staff Innovation & Strategy, Royal Philips
  • Peter Watson, Operational Excellence Director, AB Sugar
  • Bing Zhu, Director, Institute for Circular Economy, Tsinghua University
  • Roberta De Palma, Chief Technical Advisor, SwitchMed, UNIDO
  • Terje Kronen, Senior Advisor, Ministry of Environment, Norway

Coffee break


Plenary: conclusions from good practice examples
Moderated by Conny Czymoch

Short reports by Chairs of Break-out Sessions

Financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Achim Steiner, Administrator, UN Development Programme (live video)

Sustainable development and resource efficiency in Argentina
Celeste Piñera, National Director of Sustainable Development, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Argentina

Resource efficiency solutions for sustainable development
Ashok Khosla, Founder and Chair of the Board, Development Alternatives

Resource efficiency in the Business 20
Stormy-Annika Mildner, Head of Department External Economic Policy, BDI, B20-Sherpa for Germany

Industry 4.0: how resource efficiency can profit from the digital transformation
Martin Vogt, CEO, Centre for Resource Efficiency (VDI ZRE)

Moderated panel discussion and Q&A from auditorium