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17.01.2013

Material and energy recycling of waste

The international VDI conference “Energy and Materials from Waste” to be held in Frankfurt, Germany, on 14 and 15 May 2013 will discuss current developments in European waste management

 
Energy production and waste recycling: International VDI conference “Energy and Materials from Waste” (Picture: VDI Wissensforum/ Gemeinschaftskraftwerk Schweinfurt)

Energy production and waste recycling: International VDI conference “Energy and Materials from Waste” (Picture: VDI Wissensforum/ Gemeinschaftskraftwerk Schweinfurt)

In December 2010 the European Commission issued a new guideline which no longer sees waste as an unnecessary burden but rather as a valuable resource.  The waste hierarchy distinguishes five stages: waste prevention, reuse, recycling, other types of recovery such as energy production and finally landfill. The international VDI conference “Energy and Materials from Waste” to be held in Frankfurt, Germany, on 14 and 15 May 2013 will tackle this subject and discuss the recovery of materials and energy from waste.

The conference's technical directors are Jan Manders, deputy president of the Confederation of European Waste-to-Energy Plants (CEWEP) and Dr.-Ing. Ragnar Warnecke, Managing Director of Gemeinschaftskraftwerk Schweinfurt. The event is organized by the VDI Wissensforum with the support of its European partners CEWEP, ESWET (the European Suppliers of Waste to Energy Technology), Prewin (the Performance, Reliability and Emissions Reduction in Waste Incinerators Network) and also ISWA (the International Solid Waste Association) and Gemeinschaftskraftwerk Schweinfurt.

Since the introduction of the guideline, European plant operators have been faced with new challenges and issues. At this two-day conference, experts from the industry will give an overview of European waste management, recycling, market developments and resource efficiency in European countries and also the recovery of minerals, metals and energy in waste-to-energy plants. Speakers will present best-practice examples covering three of the largest European WtE-plants: Manchester, Amsterdam and Malmö.

The European waste markets are assessed by speakers from MVV Umwelt, E.on Energy and Martin für Umwelt- und Energietechnik with regard to their growth potential, entry opportunities and technical aspects. The focus here will be on existing markets in western and northern Europe and on growing markets in the United Kingdom, southern and eastern Europe as well as China. The subject of recycling metals after incineration will be covered by, among others, experts from Inashco Technology. Various technologies will be presented and methods of recovering materials will be discussed. Experts from SITA Northern Waste Services and leading researchers will compare recycling and energy production, giving case examples. Further interesting papers are contributed by CNIM, Sysav AB, Statkraft Vame AS, Keppel Seghers, Babcock & Wilcoy Vøl A/S and LAB amongst others.

For registration and the program, please go to www.vdi.de/wastetoenergy or  contact VDI Wissensforum Customer Service, PO Box 10 11 39, D-40002 Düsseldorf, E-mail: wissensforum@vdi.de, Tel.: +49 211 6214-201, Fax: -154.
 
About the VDI
The VDI (Association of German Engineers) has its seat in Duesseldorf, Germany and represents the engineering and technology branch. It is the largest technical-scientific association in Germany with almost 150,000 members and is both a developer and disseminator of technological expertise.
Thanks to the vast network of experts and the know-how of the VDI, engineers and specialists and leading executives in the field of technology may choose from 1,000 further training courses each year. The hosting organisation, the VDI Wissensforum offers seminars, technology forums, training courses, symposia and congresses in all relevant branches. The focus is always on latest developments in technological expertise.

 

Your contact person for press work:
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Tel.: +49 211 6214-641
Fax: +49 211 6214-154
E-mail: wf-presse@vdi.de

 
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