INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON RESOURCE EFFICIENCY, ROME, MARCH 30, 2017
CONFINDUSTRIA and the GLOBAL BUSINESS COALITION (GBC)
in the context of the Italian G7-B7 and the German G20-B20 Presidencies
Welcome and Introductory Remarks
Challenges and opportunities for Business and Industry
Resource Efficiency and Circular Economy Drivers of Growth and Development
Glimpses from the Workshop
Updates from the Workshop
March 30, 2017
U.S. Chamber Chairman Addresses International Workshop on Resource Efficiency
Ahead of the B7 Business Summit, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Chairman and NuScale Power LLC CEO John Hopkins addressed the International Workshop on Resource Efficiency hosted by the Global Business Coalition (GBC) and the Italian Business Federation Confindustria. Hopkins highlighted the importance of private sector innovation and economic growth in advancing global resource efficiency.
“Resource efficiency is not about doing less – it’s about doing more with less,” said Hopkins. “The best thing business can do to promote resource efficiency is what it has always done: innovate and grow. Free market forces are leading us toward resource efficiency, because spending less on materials, wasting fewer resources, and operating more efficiently are smart business practices. The more efficient we become with our resources, the more productive we can be.”
The workshop featured Confindustria President Vincenzo Boccia, World Bank Chief Executive Officer Kristalina Georgiev, Italian Minister for Environment Gian Luca Galletti, German Federal Minister of Environment Barbara Hendricks, and BusinessEurope President Emma Marcegaglia, among others.
The B7 Business Summit is a gathering of the leading business organizations of each of the G7 nations, the world’s seven leading advanced economies. Hopkins and the U.S. Chamber helped develop the International Workshop on Resource Efficiency along with other B7 leaders to inform G7 and G20 policy-makers of the forward trends within industries to support the development of an integrated international policy framework that benefits from good practices and global business experiences toward promoting resource efficiency.
Present trends are forcing today’s societies to reconsider the way they produce and consume. Meeting demand for natural resources in a sustainable way is one of the biggest global challenges of our time. The industry and business can enable consumers to meet their needs in a more sustainable way and are key solution providers for making our economies more resource efficient and circular.
Confindustria, along with the Global Business Coalition is engaged in a process of informing the G7 and G20 policy-makers of the forward trends within industries to support the development of an integrated international policy framework that benefits from good practices and experiences of how businesses can promote resource efficiency activities globally.
Founded in 1910, Confindustria is the main organisation representing Italian manufacturing and services companies. Over 150,000 companies of all sizes, employing over 5.5 million workers are voluntary members of the organisation. In its by-laws, Confindustria advocates contributing to Italy’s economic and social growth by cooperating with Italian, European and international political institutions and economic, social and cultural organisations.
Established in 2012, the Global Business Coalition (formerly known as the B20 Coalition), brings together leading independent business associations from the major world economies and advocates on behalf of more than 6.8 million small, medium and large companies. By providing a unique link between governments, relevant international institutions and business communities, the Global Business Coalition has become instrumental in representing the voice of enterprises within the G20 process and other major international fora.