(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 Stanislaus
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
Stanislaus, 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.
Stanislaus 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.
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