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Delterra Calls for Systemic, Scalable Change at Economist Impact’s World Ocean Summit
February 22, 2023

Delterra is a proud partner of the Economist Impact’s 10th World Ocean Summit, where Plastic IQ Director Mike Stockman will urge industry and government leaders to take a systems approach to advancing circularity.

Whether it’s transforming critical recycling systems or supporting companies in designing circularity into their strategies, Mike will share Delterra’s on-the-ground experience and insights on the benefits of thinking in systems and building solutions for scale.

Mike will discuss existing opportunities and challenges around minimizing ocean plastic pollution through upstream and downstream solutions, joined by Ignacio Gavilan, Director of Sustainability at The Consumer Goods Forum, and László Szekely, Head of Circular Plastic Applications at TOMRA.

In order for recycling to truly be impactful, the plastics flowing into that system have to be recyclable. According to a recent analysis by Systemiq and PEW, up to ~80% of plastics produced today are either not technically or economically viable for recycling. We have an opportunity to dramatically reduce waste through better packaging design and strategies. That’s what Plastic IQ is focused on achieving.

Mike said: “My deep appreciation of nature is what drives me at both a personal and professional level. I love being outdoors, whether it’s rock climbing, trail running or ocean swimming, and I’m passionate about fighting climate change using circular economy principles. I’m excited to speak at the World Ocean Summit and share Delterra’s experience redesigning human systems for the good of people and the planet.”

The Summit takes place at a time of increasing momentum, just two months ahead of the second meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution, including in the marine environment.

The World Ocean Summit audience represents a notable cross-section of leaders from business and finance to national and international policy-makers, civil society and academia, with 1500 attendees gathering in Lisbon from February 27th to March 1st to inspire and advance ocean solutions under the three pillars of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution.

To join the conversation from February 27th to March 1st, register here and be sure to reach out to start the conversation!