Circular Economy Director
BITC - UK
Maya de Souza is BITC’s Circular Economy Director, leading the organisation’s programme in this issue area, working with member companies on collaborative projects as well as on capacity building and influencing public policy. Prior to this, Maya was Head of Resource Efficiency & Waste Prevention Policy team at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, in the UK government for several years leading on developing a new cross-sectoral policy programme, building resource efficiency into the Net Zero strategy, spearheading textiles and ecodesign/labelling policy, and representing the UK at various international forums. She has over 14 years of experience in environmental policy in government and headed the Policy & Research Team at the Business Environment Council, Hong Kong for 3 ½ years.
My Sustainability Goals for 2022:
I’d like to see Hong Kong continue to lead the way in high density energy efficient development which ensures a natural environment accessible to all, but now with more attention to reducing embodied carbon. I’d also like to see continuing work in reducing pollution from vehicles and shipping – HK has an exemplar record on public transport and was a first over on marine pollution. The next step is to take the lead in developing consumption and production patterns which lighten HK’s carbon and ecological footprint making full use of circular economy solutions and working with supply chains to do so.