On 26th February 2019 Ignacio Gavilan, Director of Environmental Sustainability at The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) spoke at “Congreso de Desarrollo Sostenible” (Sustainable Development Congress), organised by AECOC (Asociación de Empresas de Gran Consumo) in Madrid, Spain.
More than 200 delegates came together for the event to explore the important role played by sector in the transformation of country’s socioeconomic system towards a more sustainable model, examining the progress that has been made in this area and the actions currently being implemented. The plastics challenge was prominent on the agenda, as delegates discussed the urgent need to reduce consumption of plastic containers and maximise reuse in the agri-food value chain, and the consequences of European regulations on plastic for business. Investment in innovation in this area is a priority.
Joanna Drake, Deputy Director-General for Mobility and Environment took the stage and said that “GDP is compatible with reducing CO2 emissions”, because “sustainable development means modernising our society, creating new ways of doing business, consuming, and staying competitive”. The use of plastic is highly unsustainable, not only in environmental terms, but also in economic terms, she said.
Other key sustainability topics were also discussed during the day, for example the need to shorten and have greater transparency over supply chains, to use renewable energy sources, and to reduce carbon emissions from refrigerators.
Ignacio was very pleased to have had the opportunity to share the work of the Environmental Sustainability Initiative at the CGF, in the field of refrigeration, food waste, plastics and deforestation with delegates.