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Innovations and Collaborations to Fight Food Waste

Day 1 - 5th Oct | 15:15 - 16:00

Location: Sustainable Partnership Theatre

Food & Nature

Overview

This session will discuss how Hong Kong companies and consumers are faring in the fight against food waste. Participants will see new roles they can play at work and at home

Learnings

  • Understanding the environmental, social and business case for reducing food waste
  • The importance of data and measurement being the first step to action
  • The relationship between food waste and sustainable development
  • How technology can help the challenges of transporting and storing food waste plus other recyclables

Post Event Actions

Knowing the financial, social and environmental benefits of reducing food waste:

  • Undertake a food waste audit at work (and at home) to identify key reasons and sources of food waste
  • Implement steps to reduce generating food waste
  • Ensure any edible food surplus is efficiently identified then safely and sustainably redistributed to those in need
  • Educate colleagues and friends about the difference before “Best Before” Dates vs “Use By/Expiry” Dates
  • Redirect any non-edible food waste away from landfill and instead to feeding animals of making compost (e.g. O-Park)

Speakers

MODERATOR

Dr Merrin Pearse

Sustainability Advisor

The Purpose Business

Dr Merrin Pearse

Sustainability Advisor

The Purpose Business

Merrin is a facilitator and connector. He has a wide range of international experience working for Government Departments, SMEs, international companies and NGOs in stakeholder engagement roles, quality assurance and sustainability.

Utilising his land surveying expertise and experience in delivering experiential leadership learning programs on sustainability with a problem solving engineer’s mind, he is able to come up with alternative scenarios for client issues.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

To reconnect people with nature:

  • So more of humanity realises they are part of nature and not separate from nature; and
  • To reveal business opportunities that enhance ecosystems.

Henry Ho

Sustainable Development Manager

Cathay Pacific Group - Subsidiaries

Henry Ho

Sustainable Development Manager

Cathay Pacific Group - Subsidiaries

Henry is an award-winning sustainability professional. He is the Sustainable Development Manager at Cathay Pacific Group- Subsidiaries which develops and implements sustainability strategy and initiatives across four CX Subsidiaries.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Devoted to inspire and affect our society to move towards sustainability through Caring, Learning, and Innovation.

Gabrielle Kirstein

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Feeding Hong Kong

Gabrielle Kirstein

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Feeding Hong Kong

Gabrielle Kirstein is the Chief Executive Officer of Feeding Hong Kong, a registered charity with a mission to fight hunger in Hong Kong and reduce the amount of quality food being sent to our city’s landfills.  Feeding Hong Kong achieves this by collecting high quality food that would otherwise be thrown away and redistributing it to frontline charities feeding people in need.

Gabrielle started her career at the international advertising agency Bates and their integrated communication consultancy 141 London.  She moved to Hong Kong in 2003 and continued her career in communications and events with Euromoney Institutional Investor, The Economist Group and others, until founding Feeding Hong Kong in 2011.

Gabrielle is a Board Director of Redress, an environmental NGO working to reduce waste in the fashion industry and co-founder of The Redress Design Award, Redress’ flagship programme. She holds a BA in English Literature from Durham University and  MSc in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

  • Responsible Consumption and Production
  • Zero Hunger

Lawson Lau

Executive Director

Cornerstone Technologies Holdings Limited

Lawson Lau

Executive Director

Cornerstone Technologies Holdings Limited

Mr. Lawson Lau is the Executive Director of Cornerstone Technologies Holdings Limited. Prior to founding Cornerstone Technologies, Lawson spent over 19 years in the construction industry, primarily on product management and business development.

Lawson runs all facets of the business and oversees Cornerstone Technologies’ innovation efforts in EV (Electric Vehicle) charging, sustainable energy and IT solutions starting from 2016.

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