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Cities are centres for human activities that also generate large amounts of many types of waste that need to be managed, treated, and disposed of. A key performance of municipal authorities is how well they manage waste. There are characteristics about waste that are complex to deal with and costly, which is why waste is often poorly handled, leaving behind serious socio-economic problems. Better understanding of the harmfulness of poor waste management is leading to rising awareness that reducing the sources of waste is as important as treating them. New perspective on circular economy is also driving a change in design and industrial process to eliminate, reuse and recycle waste wherever possible. Examining a city’s waste management can give good insights into its governance capacity. This presentation provides a macro-view of waste in the world that also reference Hong Kong.
Biography of speaker
Prof. Christine Loh, SBS, JP, OBE, Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite
Chief Development Strategist of Institute for the Environment, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Professor Christine Loh, SBS, JP, OBE, Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite, is Chief Development Strategist at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She was Under Secretary for the Environment in the HKSAR Government (2012-17) and a Member of the Hong Kong Legislative Council (1992-97 and 1998-2000). Loh has been active in public policy and politics since the 1980s. She founded and was the CEO of the non-profit think tank, Civic Exchange (2000-12), and helped to establish several non-profit organizations in Hong Kong related to the environment, equal opportunity, arts and culture, as well as human rights.
Professor Loh is currently a board member of CDP Worldwide, Global Maritime Forum, New Forests Pty Ltd, and Towngas Smart Energy Company Limited. She is a member of the BASF Stakeholder Advisory Council. She has taught a course for five years on non-market risks at the Anderson School of Management, University of California at Los Angeles. She is a published author of many academic and popular works. Loh is a lawyer by training, and a commodities trader by profession. She received her legal training in England, and received honorary degrees of Doctor of Law from the University of Hull and Doctor of Science from the University of Exeter.