The global waste challenge – how can Norwegian expertise contribute?
With Tristram Stuart
In the western world we generate mountains of waste and dispose products that could have been used further. Though we have a challenge to overcome this mentality we have the expertise and technology to deal with the waste. At the same time developing countries struggle with poor conditions for food production and distribution. In these countries there is a strong linkage between poor waste management, and problems related to food, health, nature resource management and energy.
This is emphasised by Tristram Stuart in the book Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal (2009). Stuart has been awarded the international environmental award, Sophie Prize 2011, for his contribution to "create attention and awareness of the World’s growing mountain of waste". Stuart also points to solutions to assist developing countries with their challenges.
We have invited Stuart to discuss how Norwegian expertise can contribute to tackling challenges in developing countries. Do we have methods and technology that are transferable to a developing country context? What are the opportunities and potential barriers?
Tristram Stuart, Author and Scientist at the University of Sussex. Awarded the Sophie Prize 2011
Håkon Jentoft, Managing Director Waste Management Norway (Avfall Norge)
Tore Metlie Hagen, Waste management advisor Norsas
Questions from the audience