EPA'S MATHY STANISLAUS TALKS IN Q&A ABOUT EFFORTS TO CURB APPETITE FOR RAW MATERIAL USE, MORE

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(An employee secures the stabilizing bar of a sports utility vehicle (SUV) on the production line at the General Motors Co. (GM) assembly plant in Arlington, Texas. Photographer: Matthew Busch/Bloomberg)

The EPA's Mathy previous hitStanislausnext hit coordinates the U.S. response to an alliance launched last year by the Group of Seven leading industrialized countries to address a key source of global greenhouse gas emissions: the ever-increasing consumption of steel, aluminum and other natural resources.

previous hitStanislausnext hit, assistant administrator for the EPA's Office of Land and Emergency Management, spoke with Dean Scott, Bloomberg BNA's senior reporter for climate change, in "A More Circular Economy: A G-7 Focus on Curbing Use of Raw Materials" on concerns that continued prosperity for developed and developing nations alike will require a decoupling between economic growth and what some see as an insatiable global demand for new materials.

The EPA official highlighted best practices among U.S. industries leading the effort to re-use material, including automakers such as General Motors, which were discussed at a recent workshop in Washington, D.C. 

previous hitStanislausnext hit spoke of the challenge in expanding approaches to re-use materials—sometimes called sustainable materials management or building what some term a circulatory economy—particularly to small- and medium-sized businesses. He discussed finding innovative ways to re-use materials normally sent to the landfill.