The Australian Industrial Ecology Network (AIEN) is delighted to report the outstanding success of the 2018 Waste to Energy Forum held at the Mercure Ballarat between Monday 19 February 2018 and Thursday 22 February 2018.
This third annual Waste to Energy Forum built upon the successes of the previous forums in 2016 and 2017 attracting 231 participants from across the country and overseas, representing industry, government, equipment suppliers, technology providers and relevant service sectors (including waste services, finance services, consulting services, etc).
The feedback received was overwhelmingly positive with respect to the quality of the presentations and the networking opportunities afforded. Most pleasing of all was the clear maturation of the debate that has occurred between those clearly promoting Waste to Energy (WtE) in the Australian context and those holding/retaining reservations regarding the appropriate definition of residual materials, preservation of high calorific value resources for higher value use in the future, public health impacts, environmental impacts, etc.
Over the three years of hosting this WtE forum, success has been predicated upon the principle of allowing all parties to participate in open discussion. The AIEN is observing greatly increased alignment in the positions of all stakeholders with respect to the appropriate deployment of the various WtE technologies available.
The AIEN will continue to host this important annual forum into 2019 and beyond to ensure all stakeholders in the debate are heard and appropriate projects are forwarded/promoted based on the AIEN’s stated principles in relation to the application of waste hierarchy fundamentals and appropriate consideration of environmental, health and amenity issues.
The AIEN fundamentally believes the appropriate and well considered adoption of WtE technologies to be entirely consistent with the enhancement of social values, environmental values and resource utilisation/resource management values in Australia.
A very big thank-you is extended to all presenters and delegates for making the 2018 Waste to Energy Forum such a resounding success.