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Friday, 20 April 2012 00:00

DAKOFA/ISWA: 2nd Waste & Climate Beacon conference

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Suzanne Arup Veltzé, Dakofa's Director,speaks exclusive to D-Waste.

Mrs Veltzé what is unique about the Waste & Climate conference 2012?

The conference is the second conference organized by DAKOFA and ISWA on waste and climate. The first conference took place immediately before COP 15 in Copenhagen in December 2009 and delivered a number of recommendations from the international waste sector , cited in the document to be forwarded to you when it is ready, to cover your question under iii.

Both the first and the second conference has brought together a number of speakers representing a mixture of different parts of the waste sector, coming from authorities, universities and industry. The same goes for participants.

By bringing these stakeholders together you have  established a strong synergy of different opinion and knowledge, which together form a valied network, qualified to bring forward recommendations to the UNFCC conference later this year in Qatar

What are the new elements added in  Waste & Climate conference 2012 ?

The issue of the importance of ensuring resources is new, compared to  the 2009 conference. It was a strong message from the 2012 conference that the 2 concerns should be looked at as an integrated part of developing sustainable solutions to the climate change challenge

At the DAKOFA/ISWA conference on 19 and 20 April 2012 on Waste and Climate Michel Sponar from the EU Commission and Jørgen Henningsen, former member of the Danish government’s climate commission, among others, discused the role of waste in a resource and climate change perspective.

In a time where resource efficiency and increased recycling is on the agenda, DAKOFA/ISWA hosted this conference on waste management in a climate change perspective. The competition for the valuable and critical resources in waste is becoming increasingly visible in the waste management sector. Recently, the Danish Minister for the Environment mentioned the fact that we are facing both a finance crisis, a climate crisis, and a resource crisis and the waste management sector plays an important role in the solution of all three crises.

In a climate perspective the renewable energy resource in waste play an important role as one of the sources for biomass. Due to the increasing demand for biomass in the energy sector biomass will in the next ten years become a limited resource. There is a demand for biomass both as a fuel and as dry material input to countries that are opting for biogas generation from liquid manure.

The conference also focuced on the importance of recirculating materials and thereby increasing the rate and improving the quality of recycling all over the EU in a climate change perspective. The future need for conserving and extracting important materials is an important element in the EU security of supply with special emphasis on critical and valuable resources. As part of the future focus on renewable energy technology such as wind turbines, solar cells, and other high-tech solutions there will be a major need for access to a large number of critical metals, and urban mining will be part of the pathway for securing growth and climate solutions in the future.



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