WMRR conference explores role of energy-from-waste in Australia

Energy-from-Waste conference

The Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR) will host the 2023 Energy from Waste Conference (#2023EFW) in Sydney on 1-2 November.

The conference will explore the role and types of Energy-from-Waste (EfW) and how Australia can use all levels of the waste management hierarchy to strategically manage material and build a sustainable future.

Keynote speakers include Mark Schubert from Cleanawa; Fabio Dinale, Executive Vice President of Hitachi Zosen Inova; Ella Stengler, Managing Director of the Confederation of European Waste-to-Energy Plants; Andy Street, Founding Director of SLR Consulting; and Frederic Aguesse from Jerrara Power.

Gayle Sloan, WMRR Chief Executive Officer, described EfW as the missing piece in Australia’s current systems thinking for managing material.

“EfW is a proven technology and comes in many forms including thermal, co-generation and anaerobic digestion. It is time for Australia to catch up with the world and embrace this technology and recognise its role not only in managing residual material but also creating energy,” Sloan said.

“The waste management hierarchy is very clear – energy recovery is higher than disposal, so we are better off to reuse material to create energy where possible.”

Sloan said she was looking forward to hearing from East Rockingham’s Jason Pugh, who is delivering Australia’s first large-scale EfW facility in Western Australia, and Visy’s Mark De Wit. VISY has one of several smaller EfW facilities already operational, using captured energy to power its paper mills.

For conference details visit:: https://wmrr.asn.au/Shared_Content/Events/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=EFW2023

See the program here: https://wmrr.asn.au/Web/Conferences_and_Events/Energy-from-Waste-Conference/2023/Program.aspx

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