Voices from ERF 2020 participants

What is your main insight of today so far? Which message do you take from the forum?

“We need to consider the climate-resource nexus both in policy and in lifestyles.“

“The forum, in my view, sends out several messages: There is a lot that each and everyone can do to make lifestyles more sustainable without having to wait for others. Creating a level playing field internationally through the use of economic instruments, e.g. resource taxation, is important to encourage uptake and scale-up of circular business models.”

“It’s apparent from a number of different presentations just how outdated our classification/definition of wastes is, and it is very much hindering achieving a circular economy.”

“There will not be a golden bullet and we’ll need to rely on combining all the technologies (wind, solar, EV, green fuels, bioenergy, …) that are available to achieve net-zero, not just because of the scale of the ambition but also because many of the technologies we plan to rely on will add to the resource load of technology metals (and there will only be so many wind turbines and EVs that we can realistically produce).”

“We’ll make the biggest impact at the start of the chain, by designing products and services better. However, better design needs to go hand in hand with better behaviour to make it useful.”

“My main insight is that the experts exactly know the ways to reduce our resource use and so carbondioxide emissions as well, but politicians fail to implement these actions now. The message I take from the forum is that individual electric vehicles will be an impossible solution.”

“To be honest, I’m worried. It seems that the politicians are giving up. Just now the chair of the running session has mentioned, that NGO’s have to develop the policies for the discussed challenges. The NGO’s are working on these topics and they are earning their daily bread with it. They are important to create awareness but to develop policies they don’t have the democratic legitimation. What I mean, the NGOs can’t be objective on it. They will not balance .”

How do you experience the ERF in a virtual format?

“I find it very challenging in a virtual format, mostly owing to mobile working/home office including interruptions (e.g. kids coming home and requiring attention), which in a physical conference you would not have. Furthermore, there seems to be much less interaction possible despite submit question functions. Hence, it feels more frontal and input-driven.“

“My experience of the virtual platform: surprisingly pleasant, easy to navigate between sessions, the best virtual conference experience I’ve had since we’ve been confined to the virtual space.”

“I am okay with the virtual format. In fact the best virtual conference I have taken part and I’ve already taken part in many. But this one is so well programmed with the lobby and different rooms and stable connections. Very fine!”