The Australian Industrial Ecology Network (AIEN) is hosting a one and a half-day event to bring together industry and government professionals to explore the potential opportunities for energy from waste in the South Australian context.
Changes in government policy in recent years have created a renewed interest in energy from waste opportunities and consequently there is a significant discussion and under-preparedness in South Australia as we move as a community towards a beneficial reuse model.
This event will consider what has worked around the world and what we can learn, what are the barriers what questions to ask, and how to decipher the raft of technology options available.
Building on the highly successful 2016 event, the Australian Industrial Ecology Network is pleased to invite you to join us for the 2nd Australian Waste to Energy Forum to be held on 22 & 23 February 2017 at the Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre.
This two-day event with a theme of Waste to Energy – What it means in the Australian context, will explore potential opportunities for the industry in Australia and what it might look like in the future.
Changes in government policy in recent years have created a renewed interest in energy from waste opportunities and Australia is now considered, internationally, to be a potential growth market.
Due to Australia’s unique conditions it is widely accepted that the Waste to Energy market will be different here than in other countries. This Forum will consider what has worked around the world and what we can learn from, what the barriers are and how to overcome these. Who are the stakeholders, what are their roles, how will they influence the industry and how does the plan for future energy requirements influence the development of a waste to Energy industry in Australia?
The circular economy is set to transform the way we design, use and reuse products and services. With implications in every facet of our life from our daily laundry habits through to the way we service our clients, understanding what the circular economy means to you and your work is crucial.
Join us to hear from a diverse range of panelists on how they have been contributing to the circular economy through business to business industrial ecology, mining waste and resources, to redesigning business models.
The panel discussion will present an opportunity to generate ideas and develop your journey towards a circular economy.
Our panel includes:
- Candice Quartermain – Founder of Circular Economy Australia. Candice seeks to push the nation into innovation superdrive and kick-start traditional businesses into Silicon Valley thinking.
- Kristy Green – Coles Sustainability Program Manager, driving pioneering new initiatives in the supermarkets journey to embedding reverse logistics and the value chain of resource outputs.
- Prof Damien Giurco – Director (Innovation), Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF) and leading the Wealth from Waste Cluster ISF, to identify pathways for creating wealth from waste containing metals, including e-waste.
- Tom Davies – Director Edge Environment, leading the NSW EPA Circulate program to transform business as usual resource recovery with practical solutions across industry.
For more information and registration visit: http://www.eianz.org/events/event/nsw-division-innovation-series-circular-economy
This session, hosted by the AIEN, will present an overview of the Circular Economy (CE), addressing the history, principles, mechanisms, country-specific variants and current status. It will then consider CE in the Australian context and current trends and methods used. During the discussion that follows issues will be canvassed such as: Is the CE just another fad-like approach to recycling? Does it do any good? How does it work if we have no industry? What could be done instead?
- Dr Robin Branson – DIrector, Qubator Pty Ltd & AIEN
- Tom Davies – Chairman and Co-founder, Edge Environment
- Dr Kaushik Sridhar – Corporate Citizenship Manager, KPMG Australia
Entry is within Waste Expo
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You and your colleagues are invited to the Annual AORA Conference from 3-5 August at the Novotel, Parramatta. This year’s conference theme is COMPOST – Beyond Production. Early bird discounts are currently available but only until 24th June 2016 so book now!
AORA has expanded this year’s national conference into a 3 day event which will start with a professional development workshop to facilitate market development and sales, followed by a full day conference and gala dinner before wrapping up on the Friday with the annual members’ meeting and tours of key western Sydney sites. The full day conference on 4th August will consist of international keynote speakers including Dr Sally Brown , panels and focused sessions.
Please visit the AORA website for further details, the program and registration.
The second wave of industrialization and urbanization in many developing countries, and continuing economic growth and consumption in industrialized countries, have led to an acceleration of natural resource use, climate change and a suite of related environmental impacts. The supply chains for natural resources have become more complex and it is harder today to gain knowledge about the environmental footprint of certain products and processes. While the industrialization of developing countries has lifted millions out of poverty it has also contributed to increased global environmental change. To reverse this trend, and to allow the global economy to stay within the limits of the Earth’s resources and ecosystems, the new sustainable development goals call for economic activity and consumption and production processes to be underpinned by large investment and appropriate policy settings to guide decoupling of economic activity from environmental pressure and impacts.