Building on the highly successful inaugural event in 2016, the Australian Industrial Ecology Network (AIEN) invites people interested in the concept of Waste to Energy to participate in the 2nd Australian Waste to Energy Forum on February 22 and 23 at the Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre in Victoria, Australia.

AIEN REThis 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 Australia can learn from those experiences: What are the barriers and how to overcome them? Who are the stakeholders, what are their roles and how will they influence the industry? How does the plan for future energy requirements influence the development of a waste to energy industry in Australia?

Keynote speaker is Eunomia Research & Consulting’s Dr Darren Perrin whose topic is ‘Why does Australia want incineration?’ Other speakers include World Bioenergy Association’s Andrew Lang, Melbourne Water’s Bill Pemberton, Lenihan Consulting’s Vanessa Lenihan, ResourceCo’s Ben Sawley, Weston Energy’s Chris McPherson, Starfish Initiatives’ Ian Gesch, HZI Australia’s Dr Marc Stammbach, Machinex Industries’ Jonathan Ménard, Alter NRG’s Ken Willis, RES Kaidi’s Eric Darmstaedter, Jackson Environment and Planning’s Dr Mark Jackson, MRA Consulting Group’s David Cocks, Veolia’s Tom Wetherill, Renewed Carbon’s Mark Glover and New Energy Corporation’s Miles Mason.

AIEN is a vibrant network of like-minded individuals, companies and institutions with a common interest in sustainable development through the study and practice of industrial ecology. The organisation advocates the principles and concepts of industrial ecology in policy formation and business practice. The AIEN actively engages with other organisations to facilitate improved performance and environmental benefits.

The forum partners are Sustainability Victoria and the Victoria State Government with the event supported by Downer, STEINERT, Skala, RDT Engineering, Machinex Industries, Alter NRG, ADI Systems, Metso, Brentwood Recycling Systems, Martin biopower and BHS. Media partners are The ASIA Miner, Waste & Water Management Australia and Sustainability Matters.

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