News from the President
Dear friends, colleagues and ISWA members,
Three lessons and 42,500 euros from NVRD
On Thursday May 18th, in Maastricht, Netherlands, I was invited by NVRD, one of the strongest ISWA National Members, to deliver a key note lecture for their annual conference. I had a great day because I met good friends, I listen to very interesting views about circular economy and the role of municipalities, and I got a lot of new ideas and inspiration for ISWA’s future.
At the beginning of the conference, NVRD’s President Han Noten, also the mayor of Dalfsen Municipality, announced that NVRD will contribute to ISWA’s Scholarship Programme with 1,700 euros, and he delivered me (see the photo) the relevant check. I was not prepared at all for what was coming after.
During the day, I participated in a lot of discussions about ISWA’s initiative to close the world’s biggest dumpsites, and I received many supportive comments for the ISWA Scholarship Program. It was during the lunch time, when I was informed that several NVRD members were keen to donate more money for the Scholarship Program.
Even so, I was astonished when NVRD’s Director Olaf Prinsen, and my good friend Martin Goorhuis, NVRD’s Senior Policy Officer, announced me that the total amount of money that was raised in just 4 hours by NVRD members was 25 times the initial one, which means 42,500 euros!
I want to express my deep gratefulness to NVRD and its members for their generosity and the substantial support they provided to the children in Managua. I ensure them that their money will be 100% utilized to trade trash for education, to bring proper food, clothing, and quality education to 43 children, for one more year.
I am also thankful for the answers I received when, during the gala dinner, I asked several members to explain what were the reasons for such an enormous response of the NVRD membership. I realized three key-points, I guess that they are worthy for all of us.
First, NVRD members contributed so generously to the ISWA Scholarship Program because they were informed and asked for contributions. NVRD’s leadership not only incorporated the ISWA Scholarship Program to its communication, but it also paved the way by starting the donation round at the beginning of the conference. You can call it leadership by example!
Second, I understood that, for many members, donations are very meaningful because they are linked with a tangible result. By diverting children from the dumpsite in Managua to schools, you do not just speak about change – you make it happen!
Third, almost everyone I discussed in the conference considered that the ISWA Scholarship program is the best starting point for addressing the necessity and the urgency to close the world’s biggest dumpsites.
The NVRD President concluded “This is a great example how involved the Dutch waste management sector is. I call on other countries to follow our example and do the same. It’s a small effort but the impact is tremendous, it changes the future of many children for the better. If other ISWA members would do the same the impact will be much, much bigger!”
So, thank you very much NVRD members. Your contribution highlights that ISWA members are ready to support real change in practice. Now, let’s work hard to deliver...
ISWA Joins Forces with Arnold Schwarzenegger's R20
ISWA was invited to one of the year's most significant conferences on climate change matters - The R20 Austrian World Summit - entitled "From Sustainable Goals to Real Action".
The summit, which was organised in cooperation with Arnold Schwarzenegger's R20 Regions of Climate Action took place on June 20th in the imperial surroundings of the Hofburg Palace, Vienna, Austria where some of the world’s most influential figures on climate change and top-level Austrian and international politicians gathered to address the most fundamental issue of our time.
Key figures in attendance included:
- Arnold Schwarzenegger, R20 founder
- Alexander Van der Bellen, President of Austria
- Christian Kern, Federal Chancellor of Austria
- Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary, UNFCCC
- Laurent Fabius, President of COP21 in Paris
- Li Yong, Director General, UNIDO
- Erik Solheim, Executive Director, UNEP
ISWA was represented by Managing Director, Hermann Koller; Host City representative and CEO of MA48, Josef Thon; ISWA Austria President, Rainer Kronberger; Head of Communications, Marketing and Events, Gerfried Habenicht; Communications Manager Daniel Purchase.
The R20 Austrian World Summit is the new initiative of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s organisation “R20 Regions of Climate Action”. The initiative has been designed to become the premier annual meeting place for sustainable development “action heroes” to showcase success factors and to facilitate more sustainable climate protection projects. The goal is to bring together leading politicians, businesses, civil society, start-ups, representatives of regions and cities as well as experts to increase partnerships and exchange both experiences and ideas.
The conference concluded with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between ISWA and R20 Regions of Climate Action. On the Basis of this agreement, R20 and ISWA will cooperate to achieve mutual ambitions, ensuring that we contribute to the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals. The MOU was signed by Hermann Koller and Josef Thon on behalf of ISWA, and CEO Christophe Nuttall on behalf of R20.
Signing the MoU on behalf of ISWA, Managing Director said "This MOU means that ISWA and R20 will cooperate closely on our mutual goals through project identification, capacity building, knowledge sharing and funding raising to name but a few. This reflects ISWA’s continued ambition to ensure that developing sustainable waste management is considered a high priority on the climate change agenda.”
#CloseDumpsites: increasing support from all around the world
ISWA's #CloseDumpsites initiative is calling for the closure of the world’s most polluted places and has already received support from all around the globe: over the last months already more than 2,400 people from over 120 countries, among them Ministers, Members of Parliament and well-known artists, who have signed ISWA’s declaration to support the closure of the world's 50 biggest dumpsites.
The Prime Minister of Republic of Cape Verde signs the Declaration
The Prime Minister was joined on June 11th by the Portuguese Ambassador to Cape Verde, Dr. Eurico Monteiro and Dr Fernando Leite, Vice President of ISWA’s National Member in Portugal, APESB. More than just a declaration, this is a clear statement of intent from Cape Verde, signaling their desire to work with ISWA and APESB, to close dumpsites in the region. They made clear that they will give all the support necessary for the closing of dumpsites in the region.
Such high-profile signatories are testament to the gathering momentum of ISWA’s #CloseDumpsites campaign and we would like to congratulate APESB on their efforts. The success of our National Member in Portugal highlights the importance of ISWA’s cooperation with its National Representatives.
Closure of San Vicente Dumpsite, Buenos Aires, Argentina
To commemorate World Environmental Day (5th June 2017), the President of Argentina, Mauricio Macri together with the Governor of the Province of Buenos Aires, María Eugenia Vidal and the Executive Director of the Provincial Agency for Sustainable Development (OPDS) Ricardo Pagola, announced the closure of an open dump in San Vicente, Province of Buenos Aires.
This action is included under the MOU signed between ARS, National Member of ISWA in Argentina and the Ministry of Environment during the ISWA International Conference on Solid Waste Management that took place in Buenos Aires last April 27. The open dump occupies an area of more than 8 hectares and has been there for more than 20 years.
Don't forget! Sign and Share the Declartaion!
If you have't already done so, we urge you to sign the declaration. There is no obligation - we just are simply looking to strengthen our collective voice to improve our chances of succeeding in our call to close some of the world's most polluted places.
Your support, no matter what amount, is very much valued. We will publish a list of all donors on our website http://closedumpsites.iswa.org/ and promise to keep you updated on the progress of our initiative via blog posts, letters and email.
Thank you for supporting ISWA's #closedumpsite initiative!
ISWA Announces Marine Litter Task Force
ISWA is delighted to announce its intention to play a major role in the urgent micro-plastic emergency threatening our oceans with the launch of its new global initiative – a Task Force on Marine Litter.
On 6 June, ISWA’s Task Force on Marine Litter has been represented by its Chair, Dr Costas Velis at the United Nations Ocean Conference in New York. Joined by representatives from Let’s Do it, UNEP and the Minister of Environment for Estonia, Costas Velis said in a joint session at the conference: "ISWA is determined to work with international stakeholders to solve marine litter at source. Reliable data lets us formulate the right messages for policy making to tackle marine pollution".
ISWA’s Task Force is a response to the Sustainable Development Goal 14 “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development” and a follow-up to some of the findings in the pioneering UNEP/ISWA Global Waste Management Outlook report.
ISWA aims to establish and exemplify the fundamentally positive role sound management of waste and resources can have in the medium and long term towards mitigating and eventually resolving plastic marine pollution.
Antonis Mavropoulos, ISWA President is calling for more and better science to understand the Problem: “We need to understand the material flows, and combine them with material properties, exposures and risks: in short, we need to identify where the major leakages and hazards occur, and then prioritize fixing them, starting from the genuinely major ones. Open dumping of solid waste in rivers and waterways is, most possibly, a major pathway”.
ISWA’s ground-breaking approach will demonstrate the contribution of integrated sustainable waste management in marine litter prevention. The first conclusions and reports will be presented in Baltimore, MD USA at the 2017 ISWA World Congress, 25-27 September.
The report will highlight the important role of the waste management industry in marine litter abatement, adding an important dimension to the discussion.
World Congress 2017: Early Bird Registration ends June 30th
The ISWA World Congress, 25 -27 September 2017, will be held in Baltimore USA, under theme “No Time to Waste!” to take on some of the world’s most urgent waste management issues.
We are working with members, experts and world leaders to provide a platform on the urgent issues and disruptions that are affecting the advancement of resource management.
Check out the advance programme, with speakers and exhibitors at www.iswa2017.org
See what's planned for the key themes:
- Climate Change
- Circular Economy
- Closing Dumpsites
- Resource Management
- Smart Technologies
- Energy Recovery
"No Time to Waste" - Early Bird Registration ends June 30!
Don’t miss this premier solid waste conference, more than 3,000 industry professionals will gather at Baltimore for its fantastic programme and diverse site visits.
Enjoy a first class social programme too: the Gala evening is hosted at the Orioles' baseball stadium at Camden Yards plus there is a Golf Tournament and 5K FunRun! EXPLORE more.
ISWA joins the global e-Waste Statistics Partnership
Electronic waste, or e-waste, is the most representative type of waste resulting from the 4th industrial revolution and is growing as more and more people are joining the digital economy and information society. Discarded equipment, such as phones, laptops, sensors, TVs, and batteries contain substances that pose considerable environmental and health risks, especially if treated inadequately. Most e-waste is not properly documented and not treated through appropriate recycling chains and methods and therefore often ends up on dumpsites across the world. Often, only anecdotal evidence is available on the production, management, and recycling of e-waste and valuable resources are wasted.
E-waste is an example of a waste stream whose importance was underestimated when the production and consumption of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) exponentially increased. Now, with at least ten years delay, the world struggles to properly manage the increasing amounts of e-waste. Measuring e-waste is an important step towards addressing the e-waste challenge. Statistics help to evaluate developments over time, set and assess targets, and identify best practices of policies.
To address these challenges, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations University (UNU), and the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) have joined forces to create the global e-waste statistics partnership.
ISWA therefore joined the global e-Waste Statistics Partnership together with the United Nations University (UNU) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The aims of the partnership are:
- To build national and regional capacity to help countries produce reliable and comparable e-waste statistics, through regional workshops.
- To collect data from countries and build a global e-waste database to track developments over time and to inform policy makers and industry.
- To enhance the understanding and interpretation of global e-waste data and communicate the data to the general public and relevant stakeholders (e.g. via the Global e-Waste Monitor).
- To map recycling opportunities from e-waste, pollutants, and e-waste related health effects.
- Identify best practices of global e-waste management.
- To inform on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 11.6 and 12.5 by monitoring relevant waste streams and track the ITU Connect 2020 target 3.2.
ISWA’s president, Antonis Mavropoulos, represented ISWA at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2017 in Geneva, presenting the perspective of the recycling sector on the e-waste challenge.
In his presentation, he addressed the lessons learnt from e-waste management and he mentioned that, from a resource & waste management perspective, the biggest challenge for the ICT sector is to apply the Extended Producer Responsibility principle. He explained that although robotics and modular design will probably help to eliminate some forms of e-waste (e.g. smart phones), we are still unprepared for the emerging stream of wearables, and he called for a focus on design for disassembly and reuse.
Later this year, the cooperation plans to publish the second e-waste monitor, providing estimations on global e-waste and highlighting best practices across the world.
ISWA Conference on Solid Waste Management in Buenos Aires
As part of the activities of ISWA's Latin America Regional Development Network in Argentina, the ISWA International Conference "Solid Waste Management" was held on April 27th in the auditorium of ISALUD University in Buenos Aires.
More than 200 participants from the public and private sectors from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile and Colombia attended the event.
At the Opening Ceremony participants were delighted by the presence of Rabbi Sergio Bergman, National Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development of Argentina; Eugenio Zanarini, Vice-Rector of ISALUD University; Antonis Mavropoulos, President of ISWA; Atilio Savino, President of ARS / ISWA RDN Latin America.
The list of speakers included ISWA Board members Rüdiger Siechau (Germany), Derek Greedy (UK), Bettina Kamuk (Denmark), Carlos Silva Filho (Brazil), Gary Crawford (France), Gunilla Carlsson and Weine Wiquvist (both Sweden).
Update from the RDN Southeast Europe Middle East & Mediterranean
ISWA has established different Regional Development Networks (RDNs) to more effectively reach regions outside of its traditionally strong areas (i.e. Western Europe and North America). The RDNs aim is to promote sustainable and professional waste management by carrying out activities and developing programmes that focus on their region´s special needs and challenges.
One of the most active ISWA RDNs is the one for the Southeast Europe, Middle East and Mediterranean Region (SEMEM). See below a report by ISWA Board Member Alexei Atudorei on the RDN SEMEM events organised in May 2017.
The Romanian Water Association (ARA) organized this conference in May 15-17, in Bucharest, "Danube Eastern Europe Regional Water Forum 2017", attended by several ISWA members from Romania, which are also involved in water, wastewater and sludge treatment, with IRIDEX Group Plastic KLARWIN both present. The conference brought together professionals in water fields. Several sustainable technologies; equipment, high performance materials, solutions for improvement of energetic efficiency and case studies of best practices, all of which will be taken into account in the preparation of new investment projects for Romania funded by the EU Large Infrastructure Operational Program 2014-2020.
IRIDEX Group Plastic specializes in MBT and anaerobic digestion and from this year is involved in the first project in Romania for composting of municipal sludge using GORE COVER system.
KLARWIN specialty is in technical consultancy, systems and services in applied engineering for filtration, separation and purification of fluids and treatment of water (drinking water, industrial water, municipal wastewater), including landfill leachate treatment using Disc Tube Module Technology; ii) landfill gas degassing and energy recovery. At the event KLARWIN presented a pre-installed high volume water treatment solution with a supplementary or replacement system. More information: www.ara.ro
ISWA’s National Member in Slovenia, (SiSWA) organized a meeting of members and other experts and interested parties on May, 18, in Ljubljana at the SNAGA office. The meeting presented ISWA and SiSWA activities to the representatives of important companies from Slovenia that are not SISWA members (EKOL, RIKO, BOLJE, PIKAS, aso) and to promote an important event that will be held in September 14/15 (Adriatic Clean City Forum) by European-Russian Business Association (ERBA) with the support of ISWA and ISWA RDN SEMEM.
Presentations were given by Mr. Jernej Kosmac (SISWA president), Mr. Alexei Atudorei (RDN representative on the ISWA Board) and Mr. Vladimir Kudryavtsev (ERBA General manager) following which, six new Slovenian companies became members of SISWA.
The International Conference „Crisis Management Days“(CMD), organized annually by the ISWA National Member from Croatia (CROWMA) and the University of Applied Sciences Velika Gorica for the tenth time in a row, featured a very interesting round table on “Prevention in food production – climate change as a function of food security and production”, moderated by Dr. Branka Ivančan Picek, PhD of the State Meteorological and Hydrological Service, one of the numerous conference partners.
More information: www.hugo.com.hr
ISWA Bosnia & Herzegovina
ISWA’s National Member from Bosnia and Herzegovina (BaSWA) organized a study visit to Vienna for the representatives of operators from BiH. The event was supported by ISWA, ISWA RDN SEMEM, ISWA Austria, Vienna Municipality and Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund of Republic of Srpska.
The visit included a meeting at ISWA General Secretariat offices with Mr. Hermann Koller, ISWA Managing Director and Mr. Helmut Stadler, ISWA Austria with presentations on solid waste management and on ISWA’s activities promoting professional and sustainable waste management”,
Following the presentations participants discussed cooperations between BASWA and ISWA Austria, concerning the present status of SWM in BiH and possibilities for future cooperation between these two ISWA National Members and municipalities from BiH and Austria through twinning projects.
The visit also included visits to the WtE plant “Pfaffenau” in Vienna, which is 100% owned by the City of Vienna (processing capacity is 250,000 tpy MSW). Technical visits for BaSWA members will continue to be organized in the future to other treatment facilities in Austria.
ISWA Internal Groups: Spring Meetings
Working Group on Recycling and Waste Minimisation, Edinburgh, Scotland (in cooperation with CVORR Project)
The Working Group on Recycling and Waste Minimisation (WGRWM) held their Spring meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland from April 20th-April 21st 2017. Representatives, Iain Gulland, CEO of Zero Waste Scotland, and Charlie Devine, Head of Resource Management of Zero Waste Scotland, gave an overview of Scottish policy and practice, holding a workshop on policy legislative measures, while receiving useful feedback from the diverse members of the WGRWM.
CVORR (Complex Value Optimisation for Resource Recovery from Waste) aims to redefine value as a complex variable with benefits and losses in multiple dimensions from the environmental, economic, social and technical domains of value. Its overarching goal is to produce a novel framework for optimising resource recovery from waste (RRfW) processes.
On Friday, April 21st, the CVORR team organised a workshop in conjunction with the WGRWM in Edinburgh. The CVORR team found that the feedback received from the WGRWM members were impressive and sufficient information was collected to allow the team to move forward to the next steps of implementing the framework.
Working Group on Healthcare Waste, Republic of San Marino
The Working Group on Healthcare Waste (WGHCW) from 18 to 19 May was kindly hosted by one of its members, NEWSTER Group, in the Republic of San Marino.
On the first day, the Minister of Health, Mr. Franco Santi, gave a warm, welcoming address to the WGHCW members. In addition to normal WG matters, the WGHCW received a lecture on NEWSTER PURA/TRUE LAB technology, as well as discussion on the partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), which the group is under review for renewal of partnership.
On May 19th, the WGHCW received a Public Hearing with the Captain Regents of the Republic of San Marino with full diplomatic protocol. The WGHCW expressed their gratitude for having such a remarkable opportunity and discussed the importance of persuading international stakeholders to increase and accelerate waste infrastructure investments in the developing world. Other points discussed were the ‘ISWA Scholarship Programme’ and the, ‘Let’s close the world’s 50 biggest dumpsites,’ campaign.
ISWA’s message was kindly received at the Republic’s highest, state level. The visit was capped off with a Presentation at Newster and CSA Laboratory PURA.
3rd Workshop on Barriers to Sustainable resource management
On June 6 ISWA organized the third workshop of its project "Barriers to sustainable resource management" in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The purpose of the project is to - through the investigation of two test products (apparel and plastic packaging) - identify and address barriers for the usage of secondary raw materials in the production of new products. It will also consider the barriers for recyclability, reuse, refurbishing and repair of the case products when approaching end-of-life. The project aims at linking the waste management sector with the product manufacturers and the product designers to work together towards a more circular economy and a better resource management.
The third workshop was dedicated to discussing potential key messages and recommendations for addressing the barriers to sustainable resource management and for improving the cooperation between the most relevant actors across the value chain (e.g. product manufacturers and recycling sector).
The results will be summarized in two small booklets for each case product and a short video. The launch of these deliverables will take place at the ISWA World Congress 2017 in Baltimore: The project team organized a session on Tuesday, September 26th from 8 until 9:30 am. Speakers from Europe and USA will complement the project presentation, describing the lessons learnt from current circular economy projects and new business models for the waste management industry. The session concludes with a panel discussing the barriers to sustainable resource management and the way forward towards a circular economy, presenting the perspectives of multiple stakeholders.
The project is led by the Chair of the ISWA Working Group on Recycling and Waste Minimisation, Björn Appelqvist (Ramboll) with support of Paul Stegmann (ISWA General Secretariat). Project partners are ISWA members like Ramboll, the City of Oslo, DAKOFA and NVRD. External partners include the Design School Kolding, World Perfect, Tommen Gram and G-Star.
ISWA-CCAC activities to support Dar es Salaam come to a Conclusion
In April ISWA conducted its last mission in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, organizing a workshop on financing solid waste management and a final conference to disseminate the results of ISWA’s work in the past three years. An important part of the work was dedicated to analysing and improving the situation at the Pugu dumpsite, one of the world’s biggest and growing dumpsites.
ISWA was working with the City of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania under the funding of the Municipal Solid Waste Initiative (MSWI) within the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) between 2014 and 2017. The work plan included the organization of workshops on landfilling, organic waste management and financing municipal solid waste management. Furthermore, ISWA delivered various studies and reports, e.g.
- Study on household behaviour and awareness raising
- Organic Waste Management Strategy for Dar Es Salaam
- Recommendations for improvements of Pugu Dumpsite
- Report on financing solid waste management in Dar es Salaam
The workshop on financing was facilitated by ISWA’s financing expert Reka Soos, who discussed with various relevant actors from the municipalities, the city, NGOs and academia ways to better finance and upgrade the existing solid waste management system of Dar es Salaam.
The final conference was opened by the city director of Dar es Salaam, Ms Sipora Jonathan Liana, and provided an overview on ISWA’s activities in the city throughout the last year. The conference was attended by representatives from the city, the municipalities, the National Environment Management Council (NEMC), academia, international organizations and the press.
Moreover, the Embassy and the Ministry of Environment of the Kingdom of the Netherlands joined the conference to report on their plans to establish a metropolitan waste authority for the city of Dar es Salaam, including all municipalities. Furthermore, they presented their ideas regarding an upgrade of Pugu dumpsite along with an improved collection & transportation scheme for solid waste with at least two transfer stations.
During the week, ISWA also had several meetings with local NGOs and the city of Dar es Salaam to handover the organic waste management strategy and to discuss current issues regarding the city’s waste management. During the rainy season the city experiences severe problems at the Pugu dumpsite, as the flooded access roads make it difficult to keep the operation going.
City Exchange under the CCAC Municipal Solid Waste Initiative
From the 1st of May to the 4th May, 2017, as part of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) Municipal Solid Waste Initiative (MSWI), ISWA, in partnership with the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, conducted a four-day study tour to New Delhi, India. The City of New Delhi hosted representatives from the cities of Johannesburg (South Africa), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), and Quezon City (Philippines) to discuss the waste management practices in Delhi to mitigate short-live climate pollutants (SLCPs) from the municipal solid waste sector.
The objective of the visit was to facilitate knowledge exchange between the city representatives to support the ongoing SWM activities and to identify the crucial interventions and further actions necessary for the respective cities. Furthermore, the visit to Delhi aimed to establish long term commitments between the cities to maintain the relationships and support of improvement of SW disposal activities in the respective cities.
The four day programme included capacity building and site visits to various waste management facilities in the city, including to energy recovery plants, a construction and demolition waste treatment facility, waste storage and collection transfer stations. The site visits were followed by detailed discussions to identify the next steps of implementation in the respective cities. All four cities represent emerging economies and share similar challenges in terms of managing waste and curbing GHG (CH4) emissions from the waste sector.
The CCAC is a voluntary partnership of governments, non-governmental organizations and multilateral institutions working together to make meaningful reductions of SLCPs such as black carbon, methane, and some hydrofluorocarbons. The MSWI, which is one of the eleven initiatives in the CCAC, supports cities and national governments to develop sustainable municipal solid waste management policies and practices that achieve key development priorities – such as improved public health, service provision and job creation – and lead to near-term climate benefits. ISWA is a Lead Partner of the CCAC MSWI and a Project Implementer in various CCAC Projects.
WMW: Promote your Business at the ISWA World Congress
We are delighted to announce that the upcoming issue of Waste Management World, issue four, will be distributed to an estimated 3000 participants at the 2017 ISWA World Congress in Baltimore, USA in September.
This is in addition to the regular 60,000 online subscribers (15,000 print, 45,000 digital) in 163 countries.
Waste Management World magazine has a truly worldwide coverage and is THE leading international magazine in the field of waste management and the perfect platform to promote your technology and equipment.
Issue Four will be a Waste-to-Energy special, with a focus on the latest plant reviews, alternative treatment technologies such as Pyrolysis, but also looks at broader issues including Materials Handling and Vehicle & Operative Safety.
The deadline for advertisements in this issue is 17th July Download the 2017 Media Planner here. There are also very special reductions for ISWA Members. For more information, contact ISWA's Communication & Marketing Manager, Daniel Purchase.
ISWA Profile: Johnny Stuen, Norway
Name and current position in ISWA
Johnny Stuen – Chair of the ISWA Working Group on Energy Recovery (WGER)
Company and current position in your company
Waste-to-Energy Agency, City of Oslo. Technical director.
What is your background?
MSc process engineering, 1994. Also some additional economics and project management.
Did you always work in the waste industry?
I started in 2007, before that I worked in various industrial process industries in different positions as production engineer, maintenance engineer, project engineer, project manager, plant manager etc.
Did you ever have a mentor or someone you found inspirational?
Just the different leaders that I have had. People that come up with new ideas or concepts that are evidently intelligent and simple at the same time. I admire people that can be strategic and concrete operational at the same time.
What would you say is your greatest achievement to date?
Workwise – to be a part of implementing cyclic waste management in Oslo, and develop that further with use of waste crossborderwise (export/import) as a energy carrier, and the trust the Norwegian government has given us in the development project of carbon capture and storage from WtE as a part of a industrial solution to the climate problem. Private – my 3 children.
Best advice that you ever received?
Be loyal both ways in an organisation, and always stick to being fact-based, but remember at what level your audience is.
When not working, I enjoy …
Supporting the kids in their activities, friends, food and wine (preferably with friends), some physical activity and in summer go for a ride in my old Alfa Romeo Spider.
Why did you decide to become part of ISWA?
As a part of the team that implemented the cyclic thinking of waste management in Oslo, it was naturally to be a part of ISWA for benchmarking, learning and a bit later, telling about our project.
When did you become nominated to your current position in ISWA?
This winter. I got the first questions from some colleagues last autumn whether I would consider myself as a candidate, and if so, that they would suggest me.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the waste industry today?
That ownership of waste and waste treatment in unclear or unwanted in many regions. This makes accidental solutions to waste treatment, or at least sub-optimal solutions. If we are able to recognize waste as a source for reusable materials, that in many ways would be more economically feasible to reuse than virgin resources, we would be on a good direction to solve a global waste problem. This demands very clear responsibility for the ownership of waste and waste-treatment.
In your opinion, what are the industry’s strengths and weaknesses?
Strengths – recognized as a problem, and the potential for resources and climate impact. Also, in many countries, well developed technical solutions for reuse and recycling.
Weaknesses – suboptimal solutions based on regional borders, not economically or technical limits. To fragmented as an industry, making industrial and optimal solutions hard to implement.
Where do you see, if any, market opportunities for the waste industry?
As a resource/rawmaterials industry - with knowledge of optimal resource use and load. Participating in develop energy solutions based on the rawmaterials/resources that are in waste that cannot be recycled as fractions that can be reused.
What do you think the future holds for the waste industry?
Still much development in responsibility and ownership of waste collection and waste treatment – further development of reuse/recycling/cyclic thinking. Consolidation both vertically and horizontally in the industry. Development into more responsible, private ownership subject to strict public demands.
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