Sometimes great proposals for new energy from waste projects do not make it to the finish line. Lack of funding or lack of public support can be the reasons. British and international experts discuss strategies for how to overcome these hurdles at the 2nd 'energy from biomass and waste' (EBW UK) exhibition and conference, held on January 25 to 26, 2011 at the Royal Horticultural Halls & Conference Centre in London.
LONG-TERM COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGES
According to Chris Oldfield, Director of Riverside Waste Machinery, the buzz surrounding concepts such as anaerobic digestion and refuse derived fuels (RDF) is unparalleled. Yet, they can only play the pivotal role they deserve if issues such as capital expenditure and public conception are addressed efficiently. 'Some people doubt the long-term competitive advantage of new waste technologies. Therefore, we must concentrate on proving the quality assurance and cost-effectiveness that we claim are associated with these solutions.' says Mr. Oldfield, who speaks as the UK representative for UNTHA shredding technology at the EBW UK conference on January 25.
BENEFITS FOR THE COMMUNITY
Getting the public on your side is a matter of pointing out the benefits to the community, believes Mark Davison, Project Director of AvVail UK. Mr. Davison leads the development of the Britain's largest energy from processed waste project in Yorkshire. 'This project puts Doncaster on the sustainability map. Not only will the new facility deliver green energy, it will also bring jobs and prosperity to the region.' The autoclave-based project treats rubbish as a resource, sanitising and separating waste into its core material components with no negative environmental impact. It will maximise the use of the local rail network and build new road infrastructure, minimising the impact on existing local roads and neighbouring communities. Mr. Davison is one of four panellists talking about their experience in taking proposals from vision to reality on January 26.
For the full programme and to register visit: http://www.ebw-uk.com
ABOUT EBW UK
The 'energy from biomass and waste' (EBW UK) exhibition and conference, January 25 to 26, 2011, London has become the leading gathering of professionals committed to diverting waste from landfill and to creating a cleaner, greener future for the UK. EBW UK is organised by Freesen & Partner GmbH, a Germany-based consulting firm with a 20-year track record in the recycling and energy markets. At EBW UK, over 50 exhibitors will be showcasing the latest waste and biomass conversion technologies. The programme features presentations from more than 40 industry experts and opion-leaders from the UK and international. Admission to the exhibition is £20, full conference passes are available at only £199 including lunches and receptions.