Issue 20
December 2012
CONTENTS
1.
News from the President
2.
Season’s Greetings from the General Secretariat
3.
ISWA at COP 18 in Doha
4.
ISWA European Group Meeting, December 2012
5.
WMW wins WTERT 2012 Award
6.
A fond farewell to Professor Jens Aage Hansen
7.
John Skidmore inaugurated as new CIWM President
8.
Hazardous waste management: successful ISWA-UNEP cooperation
9.
Knowledge creation for waste management in Uganda – ISWA funded project
10.
New fees and benefits 2013
11.
New ISWA Publications
12.
ISWA World Congress 2013 — Call for Papers
13.
Save the date: 2nd ISWA Summer School in Kuala Lumpur
14.
WM&R December`s Editorial on Resource Efficiency and Waste Management
15.
New Gold Member: Association of Environmental Enterprises /KSZGYSZ
16.
ISWA Profile: Edmund Fleck (Germany)
News from around the Globe
17.
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 5th Australian Landfill & Transfer Stations Conference & Expo (Australia)
18.
ASIA-PACIFIC: Asia–Pacific analysis — safer path needed for e-waste
19.
AUSTRALIA: Australia’s ETS to link with Europe’s
20.
CANADA: Historic first solely-biofuel jet flight success
21.
CHINA: ADB, China Everbright to help PRC create energy from farm, municipal
22.
SWEDEN: Sweden turns trash into cash as EU seeks to curb dumping
23.
UK: Cable launches UK’s new Green Investment Bank
24.
UNITED STATES: Recycling of e-waste one likely source of flame-retardant compounds
Coming Events
25.
Overview ISWA Meetings 2013
26.
Coming Events Calendar
The ISWA General Secretariat is proudly hosted by the City of Vienna, Austria
If you have any interesting news or events from your country, it would be appreciated if you could please forward details by email to iswa@iswa.org. While it may not be possible to include every story, all submissions will be gratefully received.
1. News from the President

Dear Friends, Colleagues and ISWA Members 

From29 November to 6 December, I was present with ISWA colleagues Hermann Koller and Atilio Savino at the UNFCCC conference in Doha.

ISWA presented our position paper, co-signed with UNEP, which called upon the parties to recognise the importance of waste management in the drive towards environmental, social and resource sustainability. We met numerous government and non government officials and the message is understood and of strategic relevance to many countries.

The OECD presented data that illustrated the increasing flows of financial aid to developing countries to tackle water and sanitation infrastructure, which includes waste, although waste is still the poor relation when compared to water. Together, these amounted to 35% of the estimated total of US$70 – $120 billion north-south climate change related aid invested in 2009-2010 — a significant amount that has grown over recent years.

Even though the waste sector is still underfinanced, the news is increasingly positive for our sector, for nations needing to invest in services and plants to overcome their waste emergencies, for our professional and company members seeking new market opportunities in these countries. Further, as the structure of the Green Climate Fund develops, a new and more focussed financial instrument will channel public funding towards mitigation and adaptation projects.

The trend in financing will continue upwards, especially as developing countries recognise the urgent need for waste infrastructure investments to affront their environmental crises.

The report can be accessed here.

Our activities with UNEP are growing too. I just signed our new MOU which links our two organisations together for the next three years on activities related to waste management in developing countries, including projects, capacity building and training. As established in the Rio+20 Conference last June, UNEP will be one of the principal UN agencies that will manage funds on issues deriving from climate change and related adaptation and mitigation. ISWA is now well positioned to assist in ensuring greater attention is given to our sector.

I would like to recognise and thank Jeff Cooper, Past President, for his role in developing this document with UNEP.

May I take this opportunity of wishing all our readers and members a very Happy New Year and for those of you who celebrate Christmas, a very Merry Christmas too!

Best wishes
David Newman
President, ISWA

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2. Season’s Greetings from the General Secretariat
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3. ISWA at COP 18 in Doha

H. Koller, D. Newman and A. Savino
at the ISWA Press Conference at COP 18

After Cancun 2010 and Durban 2011, ISWA has been represented with a delegation for the third time at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Summit. The 18th Conference of the Parties (COP 18) took place in Doha, Qatar, from 26 November – 8 December 2012.

Members of the ISWA delegation — ISWA President David Newman, Managing Director Hermann Koller and Past-President Atilio Savino — endeavoured to make sustainable waste management and its positive impact on our climate an issue at the summit and in the UNFCCC process.

ISWA was well received thanks to our good reputation. Our delegation members talked to many people including Richard Kinley, the deputy Executive General of the UNFCCC, but also UNEP, CCAP, banks and various government officials.

Our aim is to get ISWA into cooperation with these bodies to obtain technical consultancy work. It is difficult, but we are making progress. With CCAP, which is financed by Canada, we will work out some activities in Latin America. With the Mozambique government we are invited to help on a landfill project, financed by Italy.

Our delegation also had the opportunity to hold a press conference at the event. Attendees were mainly developing country delegates wanting to know what can be done with their waste.

Overall, the message is that money is going into waste projects from the Climate Change process. This is what we want. We have to keep pushing with this message and make ourselves available to help the process.

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4. ISWA European Group Meeting, December 2012

The 2nd ISWA European Group Meeting for 2012 was again a two-day meeting. This time, it attracted 48 delegates. In three sessions, the topics of energy recovery, EU waste hierarchy, recycling and waste to energy were covered.

With presentations from members of DG Environment, such as the head of the Waste Management Unit, Julio Garcia Burgues, and Keir MacAndrew as well as ISWA representatives from academia and industry, the relationship between energy recovery from waste and the recycling of waste was highlighted.

The sessions were complemented by a workshop in which presenters from Scandinavian organisations Waste2Recycle and Profu elaborated on how the potential of waste recovery for fuel and energy is maximised after recycling as much as possible.

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5.WMW wins WTERT 2012 Award

Great honour and acknowledgement for ISWA’s magazine Waste Management World. The Chief Editor Mr. Tom Freyberg received, on behalf of Waste Management World, the WTERT 2012 Award. The award presentation took place on 18 October at the Faculty House of the Columbia University.

The objective of the WTERT 2012 Award is to recognise a person or organisation that made a significant contribution worldwide to Sustainable Waste Management during the first decade of the 21st century. Several worthy nominees were considered. Waste Management World was selected for:

  • Publishing hundreds of enlightening articles on all means for sustainable waste management.
  • Being the most widely read waste management magazine in the world and the only one available gratis to everyone.

The WTERT 2012 Award is also a fit recognition of the contributions to the developing world by ISWA. The WTERT Award consists of an original bronze statuette by the famous Greek sculptor Dimitris Armakolas. Congratulations WMW!

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6. A fond farewell to Professor Jens Aage Hansen

It has been a pleasure and privilege for me to have run my two terms of office as Chair of the ISWA Scientific and Technical Committee and presidency in parallel with Professor Jens Aage Hansen’s tenure as the Editor in Chief (EIC) of Waste Management & Research (WM&R).

Professor Hansen took over as EIC at a very difficult time for the journal. He had to work hard to re-establish the academic credentials and reputation of WM&R. Over time, he built up a solid and reliable team as editorial advisors and the wider group of the editorial board for WM&R. However, all of the people associated with WM&R will readily acknowledge the huge amount of work that

Professor Jens Aage Hansen has put into maintaining the reputation that WM&R now has in the world wide community of waste and resource management.

In addition, Jens has had to work with three different ISWA Managing Directors and three very different publishers over his period of tenure. Like him, I feel that the current publisher Sage has provided the type of support and innovative developments that have assisted contributors to the journal, administrative staff supporting WM&R in ISWA, editorial advisors and reviewers.

Throughout, Jens has striven to ensure that the links between the academic research community and mainstream ISWA activities have been strengthened. I am pleased that this has been recognised within the wider ISWA family.

Jens Aage Hansen and his contribution to both WM&R and ISWA in his role as EIC will be sorely missed. I hope that he and Lis have a well-deserved and happy “retirement”. I look forward to meeting up with him at many future conferences and ISWA events.

Jeff Cooper,
Immediate past President ISWA

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7. John Skidmore inaugurated as new CIWM President


In front of 200 guests at the House of Commons, John Skidmore was inaugurated as the new President of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) on 16 October 2012.

John, who takes over the presidential mantle from Derek Greedy, has been actively involved in the waste industry for over 30 years. John is also a very active member of the ISWA Working Group on Collection and Transportation.

John started out at the City of Wakefield MDC and has held numerous positions at the council before moving in 2007 to the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, the largest unitary council in England by area, as Head of Streetscene Services.

In this role, John is responsible for all outside services, and is also the Project Director for Hull City Council and East Riding of Yorkshire Council's joint waste procurement. In his spare time, John is a keen golfer and family man, and is involved with charity work.

The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, ISWA’s National Member for the UK, is the leading professional body for the waste management sector in the UK, representing over 7000 individuals. Established in 1898, CIWM is a non profit-making organisation, dedicated to the promotion of professional competence amongst waste managers.

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8. Hazardous waste management: successful ISWA-UNEP cooperation

From 14 to 16 November 2012, 40 specialists from 13 countries met in Buenos Aires for a three-day event organised to strengthen ISWA’s network in the region, and at the same time bring expertise and input into the ISWA Grant Project to update the 2002 publication: Training Resource Pack for Hazardous Waste Management in Developing Economies (TRP).

This event followed a similar workshop organised jointly by UNEP and ISWA held earlier in the year in Singapore.

The Seminar and workshop was organised by ISWA, ARS, and ABRELPE, with the help and financial support of UNEP-IETC. UNEP- LAC together with Basel Convention representatives contributed to the technical program, with input from the Secretariat of Environment and Sustainable Development, Argentina; the National Institute of Industrial Technology, Argentina; the Secretariat of Water Resources and Urban Development, Ministry of Environment, Brazil; the Business Council for Sustainable Development , Argentina; and the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution.

A number of waste management companies such as CATRIES — a hazardous waste transporting company; CAITPA — the Chamber of Treatment Industries for Environmental Protection, Argentina and representatives of the chemical industry actively participated, presenting on regional activities in the field of waste management.

Representatives of Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Peru, Chile, Honduras, Columbia, El Salvador and Trinidad & Tobago presented the situation in their respective countries, and took part in revision work of the TRP together with representatives of the chemical industry.

A synthesis of the workshop discussions will be available shortly in the ISWA knowledge base and at the TRP Web Portal: www.trp-training.info.

All interested parties are kindly invited to indicate their availability for future events and also to send their remarks and contributions to the TRP secretariat.

For more information contact:
JP Leglise, Chairman, ISWA WGHW: jp-leglise@orange.fr
Fritz Balkau at the TRP secretariat: secretariat.trp@gmail.com

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9. Knowledge creation for waste management in Uganda – ISWA funded project
Much has been written about solid waste management, contributing to the stock of knowledge modern societies can theoretically draw from. Yet, a lot of this knowledge is neither accessible nor utilisable for most stakeholders in waste management. This counts particularly for the developing world.

The ISWA co-funded research project A User-focused Knowledge Base for Goal-oriented Solid Waste Management in Uganda, investigates what knowledge is required for sound waste management, how it can be created and also how it can be best disseminated among the relevant stakeholders.

To do so, action research was carried out in the Ugandan town of Busia, involving local stakeholders from public and civil society in the process of problem definition, method selection, and data collection and processing, as well as discussing the achieved results. Actions have been carried out by the participants, transforming current waste management practices, but also leading to the clear definition of possible ways ahead for the future. Through this approach, it is guaranteed that the knowledge created in the project will remain among local stakeholders. 

The full report is available in the ISWA Knowledge Base and can be directly accessed here

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10. New fees and benefits 2013

As announced in September 2012, ISWA is happy to inform you about the updated benefits for ISWA Members and ISWA Sponsors effective as of 1 January 2013. At this time, the new, simplified ISWA membership structure that recognises the value of each ISWA Membership, will be in place. All relevant information can be found here.

As of 1 January 2013, the new membership fee structure will apply for all membership registrations/renewals accordingly. No further action is required by our members. As in the past, they will receive an ISWA Membership renewal reminder in January.

Please inform us in advance if in 2013 you would like to upgrade your ISWA Membership Status to "Platinum" or if you would like to become an ISWA Sponsor.

This new ISWA Membership Fee Structure will help both ISWA and our members to simplify the administration and, of course, will lead to further enhancements of our Membership Services.

If you have any questions regarding ISWA and/or your membership please feel free to contact the General Secretariat: +43 1 253 60 01 (iswa@iswa.org).

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11. New ISWA Publications

Three ISWA publications hot off the press:

More papers and reports that have been prepared by ISWA are available in the ISWA Knowledge Base.

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12. ISWA World Congress 2013 — Call for Papers


The ISWA World Congress, 7 – 11 October 2013, Vienna, Austria, is your chance to take centre stage in the solid waste community.

Submit one or more abstracts and present your knowledge to a broad, high-profile international audience, either with an oral presentation or a poster.

CLICK HERE for more information on how to submit your abstract.

In addition, we would like to inform you that a special issue of ISWA’s journal Waste Management and Research (WM&R) is being prepared.

The special issue will contain the leading papers of the ISWA World Congress 2013. You are invited to submit your full manuscript via http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/wmr to be considered for inclusion in the special issue of Waste Management & Research.

Abstracts submission closes 31 January 2013.
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13. Save the date: 2nd ISWA Summer School in Kuala Lumpur

To follow on from the success of the 1st ISWA Summer School held in September in Vienna, the 2nd ISWA Summer School is currently being organised in co-operation with the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

This ISWA Summer School will take place from 12 – 23 August 2013 and will focus on Solid Waste Management issues relevant to developing economies.


As landfilling of solid waste is typically the main waste practice in developing economies, special emphasis will be placed on landfill siting, design and construction, operation, landfill leachate, landfill gas and its environmental health and safety implications, as well as the economic aspect of waste management.

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14. WM&R December`s Editorial on Resource Efficiency and Waste Management

Ida Auken, Ministry for the Environment, Denmark

This month, WM&R presents two very interesting and pertinent editorials on Resource Efficiency and Waste Management.

The first, written by Ida Auken, the Minister for the Environment, Denmark, addresses this theme from the political perspective.

Denmark is among the highest users of resources per person in the world. Thus, the country has quite a challenge ahead. To tackle this challenge, Denmark has developed a new resource strategy that emphasises inter alia the necessity to approach waste as a resource.


The second is written by the retiring Editor in Chief, Jens Age Hansen, informing on the scientific perspective and outlines a number of priority topics and actions to address the challenge of meeting the global agenda for sustainable development. A concerted effort amongst all stakeholders is needed; business as usual is not an answer.

ISWA and its journal WM&R are dedicated to addressing the new global challenges ahead and the tools needed to expedite the transition to resource efficient consumption and production.

Links to the Editorials are listed below:
Resource efficiency and waste management: the political challenge
Resource efficiency and waste management: the science challenge

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15. New Gold Member: Association of Environmental Enterprises /KSZGYSZ

ISWA is happy to welcome and present a new Gold Member!

The Association of Environmental Enterprises (KSZGYSZ) is a non-profit organisation, a professional business federation of the environmental industry founded in 1992.


The association’s 270 members cover all sectors of the environmental industry, like water, waste, soil remediation, clean air and noise management.

KSZGYSZ develops the Environmental Professional Information System (XIR) which provides detailed data on the Hungarian environmental industry and operates working groups to create common positions on Hungarian environmental draft legislation.

Annually, the Association publishes the Environmental Yearbook (both in Hungarian and in English). The Association organises ÖKOINDUSTRIA 2013 – the 3rd International Environmental Industry, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energies Exhibition (Budapest, 25-27 September, 2013) and other professional local and international conferences and business meetings.

The KEXPORT Cluster actively supports the export activities of the members managed by the Association.

For further information please visit:
kszgysz@kszgysz.hu
www.kszgysz.hu
www.okoindustria.hu
www.kexport.hu

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16. ISWA PROFILE: Edmund Fleck (Germany)

Name:
Edmund Fleck,
Member of the Board for Organisation Members

Company and current position in your company:
Martin GmbH für Umwelt – und Energietechnik, Managing Director

What is your background:
Diploma in Physics from the RWTH Aachen, Germany

Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA

Did you always work in the waste industry?
I worked for four years in Research for electrostatic precipitators. Since 1990, I have worked in waste incineration, starting with the incineration of hazardous waste (rotary kiln technology), expanding to the incineration of municipal solid waste (grate technology).

Did you ever have a mentor or someone you found inspirational?
My first boss in corporate research for ESP. Quite inspiring personality, very dedicated and innovative —  many in-depth discussions.

What would you say is your greatest achievement to date?
For me personally, it has been reaching the degree of being known and recognised in the WtE field. To gain quite in-depth know how of the technology, but also the market as such, in different areas of the world.

For the WtE business, to be part of the foundation of a professional lobby association in Brussels, ESWET – European Suppliers of Waste to Energy Technology. Contributing to many legislations like the Waste Framework Directive, the Industrial Emissions Directive, BREF documents. Serving as the President of this association from the very beginning.
When not working, I enjoy …
Reading, hiking, gardening, classical concerts.
Why did you decide to become part of ISWA?
Several years ago, I joined the WGER, then still called WGTT. Ever since then, I participated in most meetings of this WG. I also participated/presented papers in several World Congresses.
When did you become nominated to your current position in ISWA?
In about May 2012.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the waste industry today?
The markets for WtE are changing. Many countries in western Europe have installed capacity needed, UK is progressing fast to close their capacity gap. New markets in southern and eastern Europe are developing quite slowly. There are no real ‘alternative’ markets.

In Asia, Japan has some activity; China is very active but there is little value added for suppliers from outside of China. There is interest in several areas of the world (India, South America etc.), but it is very questionable if and when WtE plants might actually be built.

Since China is building so many WtE plants, they are obviously acquiring a lot of know how in design and operation of such plants. Which they will export to other countries in the future. Exporting to India, for example, is already a reality.

In your opinion, what are the industry’s strengths and weaknesses?
Strength: WtE technology based on grate technology is a very robust and mature technology. With numerous references, in all areas of the world, high reliability and availability. But there are constant improvements in raising energy efficiency, raising metals to be recovered after incineration. Emissions from WtE plants are quite low, lower than legal requirements, contributing for all practical purposes little to overall emissions of pollutants.

Weakness: There are many suppliers on the market, even new ones entering all the time. Thus, prices are quite depressed and margins very slim.

Where do you see, if any, market opportunities for the waste industry?
Large emphasis is already placed on better usage of the energy contained in the waste, e.g. for district heating/cooling, industrial applications. As about 50% of municipal solid waste is of biogenic origin, incineration of this waste is CO2-neutral, thus helps the goal of reducing CO2-emissions. Emphasis will increase on recovering more metals from the bottom ash (after incineration); not only Fe, Al, Cu, but also more valuable metals like Ag, but potentially also rare earth metals.

Where do you see, if any, market opportunities for the waste industry?
WtE will continue to play an important and substantial role in an overall, integrated and sustainable waste management scheme.

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17. CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 5th Australian Landfill & Transfer Stations Conference & Expo (Australia)
YOU ARE INVITED TO SUBMIT ABSTRACTS
FOR THIS IMPORTANT INDUSTRY EVENT

Abstract submission closes 11 February 2013

The 5th Australian Landfill and Transfer Stations Conference & Expo is the 5th event in the series of conferences hosted by the National Landfill Division of the Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA). In 2013, with the conference being presented in cooperation with the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), the event will also be open to an international audience.

Essential infrastructure for now and into the future
The focus of the 2013 conference is to draw out experiences from industry and government that demonstrate that landfills and transfer stations are essential infrastructure for achieving intregrated waste management for today’s society, as well as for future generations. Modern waste managers have to deal with a mix of changing legislation and guidelines, various incentives, dis-incentives and barriers, extremes of weather and regulation, and existing operational issues to manage, such as leachate, landfill gas, dust, odour, storm water, etc. Local Government and Private Industry Operators also face their own set of issues.

>The Conference Program Committee invites the submission of abstracts for this popular event in any of the topic areas listed below. Abstracts outside the listed topic areas may be considered at the discretion of the Program Committee.

CONFERENCE STREAMS AND TOPICS

You are invited to submit abstracts for oral or poster presentations addressing one or more of the following issues. Presentations may be technical or application based i.e. case studies.

  • Planning for and around essential infrastructure
  • The cost of landfilling in the current economic climate
  • Innovation in design and operations
  • Living with carbon
  • Coping with extremes
  • The evolution of transfer stations
  • E-waste recovery
  • Waste levies from an industry perspective
  • Developments in plant, equipment and transport

If you have dealt with any of these issues in an innovative or practical way and would like to share your experiences, we'd like to hear from you.

IMPORTANT DATES

Submission of abstracts

11 February 2013

Notice of acceptance into the program

15 March 2013

Preliminary program published

19 April 2013

Submission of final paper & presentation

23 July 2013


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18. ASIA-PACIFIC: Asia–Pacific analysis — safer path needed for e-waste

Instead of limiting imports of electronic waste, the Asia–Pacific region should set up a robust recycling system, says Crispin Maslog.

Garbage in, garbage out is a phrase to describe what happens when computers find the wrong solution in response to the wrong input data. But when computers and other electronic products have outlived their usefulness, they literally do become rubbish and join an ever-growing mass of e-waste or e-scrap.

Up to 50 million tonnes of this waste is generated worldwide every year. The biggest exporters of e-waste are Europe, Japan and the US. And much of it is being dumped on developing nations.


It is a growing trend. A market research report published last month said that rapid developments in technology for laptops, tablets and smart phones is encouraging the equally rapid abandonment of old models in Asia, causing a sharp rise in e-waste. The study noted that the constant upgrades are spurring the need for the safe disposal of such waste.

For the full story, please visit The Environmental Expert
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19. AUSTRALIA: Australia’s ETS to link with Europe’s

Australian emitters liable for the carbon price will have broad access to the global carbon market as a result of legislation passed by the Senate on November 26.

Businesses can now purchase permits under the European Union Emissions Trading System to use for compliance under Australia’s system from 2015.

Federal Climate Change Minister, Greg Combet, (pictured) says this will provide flexibility to businesses with operations in Australia and Europe, which will reduce compliance costs.

Mr Combet says linking emissions trading schemes broadens cost-effective abatement options and ensures emissions are reduced at least cost. This benefits Australia’s businesses and economy.

From 2015, Australia will have the same carbon price as that applying in 31 other countries with a combined population of more than 500 million people – the same carbon price as our second largest trading partner.

Source: EnviroInfo
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20. CANADA: Historic first solely-biofuel jet flight success

The world’s first flight powered entirely by bio jet fuel has raised hopes for cleaner air travel and upped the prospects of a boon for farmers whose oilseed crops could supplant kerosene.

The AFP Newsagency reports a Dassault Falcon 20 twin engine jet took off from the Canadian capital Ottawa last month to test the new jet fuel, made from 100 percent oilseed, for engine performance and emissions, aiming to make sky journeys less polluting.

Several engineers were on board, monitoring the engines’ performance and fuel burn, making a round trip to Montreal and back in 90 minutes.

For the full story, please visit Eco News

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21. CHINA: ADB, China Everbright to help PRC create energy from farm, municipal

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and China Everbright International Ltd. have signed a loan agreement for agricultural and municipal waste-to-energy (WTE) projects in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to reduce the environmental impact of agricultural and municipal waste disposal.

“The WTE option is very attractive for the PRC since the government has set the development of a recycling economy as a national goal,” said Shuji Hashizume, Investment Specialist in ADB’s Private Sector Operations Department, during the signing ceremony.

The PRC aims to install agricultural waste-to-energy capacity of up to eight gigawatts by 2015.

The project aims to treat about 7,300 tons of waste a day, generating around 1,240 gigawatt-hours of electricity a year by 2016. Greenhouse gas emissions are also expected to be slashed by about 638,000 tons per annum by 2018.

For the full story, please visit India Info Line

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22. SWEDEN: Sweden turns trash into cash as EU seeks to curb dumping

Sweden has an unusual problem - not enough rubbish.

With a strong tradition of recycling and incinerating, it now has too many waste-to-energy incinerators and not enough rubbish to meet demand. It has become Europe's biggest importer of trash from other countries, currently mainly from Norway.

But as the European Union seeks to reduce the dumping of 150 million tonnes of rubbish in huge landfills each year, Sweden sees a chance to import more waste from other EU states too.

"It sounds almost foul to be importing waste, but the import to Sweden is not a problem. The dumping in landfills abroad is a huge problem," said Weine Wiqvist, head of trade association Swedish Waste Management.

For the full story, please visit Reuters

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23. UK: Cable launches UK’s new Green Investment Bank

UK Business Secretary Vince Cable has announced the launch of UK's new Green Investment Bank aiming at encouraging environment friendly sectors. The official launch function of the bank took place at the Heriot-Watt University Conference Centre.

The new Green Investment Bank will have its official headquarters in Edinburgh and will maintain an important base in London. The GIB will have £3 billion in funds from the government to invest in sectors such as renewable energy, carbon capture and storage and energy efficiency measures.

Cable will be in charge of operating the bank and he is likely to announce the details of its first investment plan. It is believed that the first recipient of the bank's investment will be a project in north east of England aimed at generating energy from waste.

The bank will provide £8 million for the construction of an anaerobic digestion plant at Teesside and another £8 million will invested by the private sector. There are plans to build six anaerobic digestion plant in the coming five years. The GIB will also invest £5m on systems that will help Kingspan's UK industrial facilities reduce its energy consumption by 15 per cent.

Source: Top News

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24. UNITED STATES: Recycling of e-waste one likely source of flame-retardant compounds

The developed world’s seemingly insatiable thirst for the newest digital products generates a stream of electronic waste whose magnitude is truly staggering. U.S. consumers alone discard 130,000 computers every day, 100 million cell phones every year, and in 2007 — the first year of the conversion from analog to digital televisions — 26.9 million TVs with a total weight of 1 million tons.

During last week’s 33rd annual meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Mark La Guardia of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science presented results of his research into the consequences of this “e-waste” stream — a study from South Africa of “brominated flame retardants,” synthetic chemicals used to fireproof the plastics that encase many electronic products.

For the full story, please visit The Paramus Post

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25. Overview ISWA meetings 2012
Start
End
Meeting
City
Country
28 Jan 28 Jan Scientific Technical Committee Meeting Vienna Austria
29 Jan 29 Jan ISWA Board Meeting Vienna Austria
28 Feb 1 March Working Group Meeting on Communication Lisbon Portugal
3 March 6 March Working Group Meeting on Collection and Transportation Technology Jaipur India
7 March 8 March Towards Sustainable Cities: Developing Effective Waste Management Strategies Jaipur India
11 April 12 April Working Group Meeting on Energy Recovery Copenhagen Denmark
2 May 3 May Working Group Meeting on Legal Issues Brussels Belgium
14 May 14 May Scientific Technical Committee Meeting   Finland
15 May 15 May ISWA Board Meeting   Finland
16 May 18 May ISWA Beacon Conference "The 2nd International Conference on Final Sinks - Sinks a Vital Element of Modern Waste Management" Espoo Finland
20 May 24 May ISWA Study Tour on Source Separation of Bio Waste and Biogas Production   Sweden
28 May 29 May MSW: Management Systems and Technical Solutions Moscow Russia
24 June 28 June ISWA Study Tour on Waste to Energy Vienna Austria
7 Aug 9 Aug ISWA cooperation conference: Landfill and Transfer Stations Gold Coast Australia
12 Aug 23 Aug 2nd ISWA Summer School Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
5 Sep 6 Sep Working Group Meeting on Communication Vienna Austria
12 Sep 13 Sep Working Group Meeting on Energy Recovery Turin Italy
5 Oct 5 Oct Scientific Technical Committee Meeting Vienna Austria
5 Oct 5 Oct ISWA Board Meeting Vienna Austria
7 Oct 11 Oct ISWA Annual Congress 2013 Vienna Austria
10 Oct 11 Oct Working Group Meeting on Legal Issues Vienna Austria
27 Nov 28 Nov ISWA Beacon Confrence on Waste-to-Energy Malmö Sweden
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26. Coming Events Calendar
ISWA Event - ISWA Events
ISWA Member Event - ISWA Member Events
April 2013
ISWA Member Event 30 April – 2 May 2013
Waste 2013 Conference
Coffs Harbour, NSW
www.impactenviro.com.au/waste2013
May 2013

ISWA Member Event 5 – 8 May 2013
ICSWHK 2013 – 2nd International Conference on Solid Waste 2013:
Innovation in Technology and Management

Hong Kong, China
arcpe.hkbu.edu.hk/conf2013

ISWA Member Event 14 – 15 May 2013
International VDI Conference
Energy and Materials from Waste 2013

Frankfurt, Germany
E: luening@vdi.de

ISWA Event16 – 18 May 2013
ISWA Beacon Conference "The 2nd International Conference on Final Sinks - Sinks a Vital Element of Modern Waste Management"
Espoo, Finland
wiki.aalto.fi/

ISWA Event28 - 29 May 2013
MSW: Management Systems & Technical Solutions
Moscow, Russia
2013.sibico.com

May 2013 cont'd
ISWA Event29 - 31 May 2013
South-East European Forum on Waste Management, Recycling & Environment “Save the Planet”
Sofia, Bulgaria
www.eco.viaexpo.com
August 2013
ISWA Member Event 7 – 9 August 2013
5th National Landfill & Transfer Stations Conference
Gold Coast, QLD
www.landfill.com.au
October 2013

ISWA Event7 – 11 October 2013
ISWA World Congress 2013
Vienna, Austria
www.iswa2013.org

ISWA Member Event 22 – 24 October 2013
WasteMINZ Conference & Expo 2013
E: info@wasteminz.org.nz

November 2013
ISWA Event 27 – 28 November 2013
ISWA Beacon Conference on Waste to Energy
Malmö, Sweden
E: jakob.sahlen@avfallsverige.se
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