Peter Harris: Taking trash talk to a whole new level

About this talk: Dealing with the waste of a consumer society is one of the greatest challenges of our modern times. But as UPS’ Sustainability Director, Peter Harris wonders: what if waste weren’t waste at all? He proposes a plan where the methane from the trash we produce fuels the machines that transport our critical goods: a closed-loop, circular economy that powers our world along the way.

About this speaker

As the director of sustainability for UPS’s businesses in Europe, Harris ensures that UPS innovates in a way that allows the risks associated with societal challenges, like climate change, to turn into opportunities. A UPS veteran of 26 years, he has served as the UK automotive director, UK industrial engineering director, and as a senior manager in corporate compliance. Harris holds a Master’s degree in engineering from Cambridge University in the UK. Prior to joining UPS, he worked as a volunteer in Indonesia, experiencing sustainability at the grass-roots level. Harris is also a director of a small company providing transport services to the UK’s National Health Service.

About this event

TED@UPS was a TED-curated event featuring a diverse group of speakers from across the UPS community. Jointly produced by TED and UPS, the event put a spotlight on ideas, projects and insights that will contribute to the importance of pushing forward through obstacles.
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