November 29, 2020
We are so happy to have Gonzalo Muñoz as our guest this week on The Optimist Heart.
Gonzalo brings a truly broad and inclusive vision to the work that he does in the world.
He is not only visionary, always at the leading edge of innovative environmental implementation, he has exceptional capacities to deliver on his vision, engaging all sectors of society. We can't wait to find out how this year is unfolding for him as the UN High-Level Climate Action Champion.
Business entrepreneur and social change-maker, Gonzalo Muñoz, was named as Chile’s High-Level Climate Action Champion for COP25, December 2019.
Gonzalo is proud of being the first COP High Level Climate Action Champion coming from the private sector. He was nominated by the Chilean COP presidency and the UNFCCC.
Gonzalo is the Co-founder of TriCiclos, SistemaB and Polkura, and permanently supporting BCorps and Circular Economy as concrete ways for businesses to become good for everyone and for the long term. Now also supporting the Green Hydrogen and Regenerative Agriculture global agenda.
His is a crucial role in advancing the global climate action agenda by bringing stakeholders and governments together in the efforts to implement the Paris Agreement. It is the first time that a High-Level Champion is nominated from the private sector.
For years, Gonzalo Muñoz has been at the forefront of environmental innovation in Chile — reinventing the country’s recycling industry to usher in a future without waste.
To make this vision a reality, Muñoz founded TriCiclos in 2009 and, ever since, has been presiding over the expansion of the company to other parts of Latin America. TriCiclos produces a recycling station called Punto Limpio (Clean Point), which is capable of recycling 90 percent of household solid waste. Through the popularity of these units, Muñoz has been leading a cultural movement to advance environmental sustainability and social inclusion.
In recognition of his leadership, he was awarded the Circulars 2019 international prize — known colloquially as the ‘Oscars of the World Circular Economy’ — and was also invited to join the New Plastics Economy advisory panel at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
"In the role of Climate Change Champion I hope to help mobilize the climate action of all interested entities - cities, companies, investors and civil society - to facilitate the approach of these parties to the agenda and sense of urgency that governments, scientists and non-state organizations bring to the COP25” said Gonzalo Muñoz.
The central task of the High-Level Champions is to bring together national governments and other actors to foster the necessary ambition to fully realise the Paris Agreement and keep the target of 1.5C alive.
The role of the champions was first created at the UN Climate Change Conference COP21 in Paris in 2015, when governments recognised the enormous contribution of non-Party stakeholders to achieving and – in time – delivering, the landmark Paris Agreement.
As such, Gonzalo Muñoz will harness his position to mobilise climate action from non-Party stakeholders under the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action – such as cities, subnational regions, businesses, investors, and civil society – to help countries translate the groundswell of action into the implementation and enhancement of national climate action pledges, otherwise known as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
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