The Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW) just announced that Jacob Duer will serve as the inaugural president and CEO of the newly formed nonprofit, effective October 1. Duer joins AEPW from the United Nations (U.N.), where he most recently served as a program director for the U.N. Environment Programme.
"Jacob is an experienced, impact-driven, global leader with a breadth of expertise working across a broad range of stakeholders in the public and private sectors," said David Taylor, chairman of the board, president and CEO of Procter & Gamble and chairman of AEPW, in a statement. "His demonstrated leadership, passion for promoting sustainability and track record of building solution-oriented, multilateral partnerships will be an invaluable asset as AEPW grows into this next phase."
In this newly created role, Duer will advance AEPW’s mission to develop, deploy and bring to scale solutions that will minimize and manage plastic waste and promote solutions for used plastics. This includes plastic reuse, recovery and recycling to keep it out of the environment. Since launching in January, the alliance has initiated projects focused on: river renewal, municipal and city partnerships, idea incubation and IT infrastructure.
"Being strongly committed to environmental sustainability, I am honored to lead the alliance as a unique solution model to address plastic waste as one of the most pressing environmental issues of today," said Duer in a statement. "Working with all stakeholders, the alliance will play a lead role in driving sustainable solutions for the future."