Global News

Issue 37, October 2015

News from the President

David Newman
David Newman

Dear Friends, Colleagues and ISWA Members

 

Now a month has passed since the end of the magnificent Antwerp ISWA World Congress, this is the time of getting back to nuts and bolts of our work, to take the good intentions of our Congress and make them reality.  We'll have to wait a long time for a show as impressive as Antwerp.

 

The documents released at the Antwerp congress are making their way around the world. We have been interviewed and reported extensively by the press in the USA, Brazil and the UK. Our Climate Change declaration has been warmly received by the UNFCCC secretariat and we are planning a side event in the Paris conference in December to focus more attention on how waste is a great climate mitigation tool (please have a look a the special section 'Climate Change: ISWA on the road to COP21' below for more information).

 

The Wasted Health/dumpsites report, has been sent to the principle international bodies urging them to support the closure of these toxic open dumpsites. And the GWMO produced with UNEP, is hitting the desks of ministers globally. In May next year we are planning to address the UN Environment Assembly on this issue.

 

October and November give us the opportunity of looking more deeply into some aspects of our work, with two Beacon Conferences in Germany and Sweden on sorting technologies and waste to energy. I will be at both of them and look forward to meeting you there, while ISWA will have its stand, for the first time, at the extensive Ecomondo Trade Fair in Italy. 

 

Oh, and in case you missed it, the Call for Papers for the Serbia ISWA World Congress 2016 has already been issued. Don't be late or you'll miss out! 

 

Best wishes
David Newman
President, ISWA

Photos and Video from the ISWA World Congress 2015

The ISWA booth at the World Congress 2015
The ISWA booth at the World Congress 2015
HRH Princess Astrid attended the Opening Ceremony
HRH Princess Astrid attended the Opening Ceremony
ISWA President David Newman opened the World Congress
ISWA President David Newman opened the World Congress
ISWA Award Presentation
ISWA Award Presentation
ISWA Young Professionals Group at the Gala Dinner
ISWA Young Professionals Group at the Gala Dinner

According to the very positive feedback of the delegates THE ISWA event 2015 was an outstanding success.

 

1,260 participants from more than 90 countries gathered in Antwerp, Belgium, between 7 and 9 September for the 2015 ISWA World Congress subtitled ‘Let's make the most of our resources and waste!’.

 

The participants - among them several ministers, vice-Ministers, ambassadors and top level representatives of World Bank, Clinton Climate Initiative, EU, OECD, UNEP, UNEA - were offered a lot during the three congress days:

 

A truly spectacular opening ceremony (watch the congress mood video!); the extensive scientific programme containing 230 speeches in 47 different sessions, including key notes from Dambisa Moyo, Pierre-Yves Cousteau and Herman Van Rompuy; 14 technical visits; the launch of the GWMO (Global Waste Management Outlook), a joint project by UNEP and ISWA (please see also article below); the presentation of the brand new ISWA report ‘Wasted Health – The tragic case of dumpsites’ (please see also article below); a special session on Entrepreneurship in waste management organised by ISWA's Young Professionals Group (ISWA YPG); a welcome reception with a diamond cocktail; the gala dinner and the ISWA Award Presentation Ceremony with a first class show programme at the Hilton Antwerp, which made many congress delegates dance until very late night.

 

Singapore's National Environment Agency (NEA) organized during the ISWA World Congress 2015 its 4th Clean Environment Regulators Roundtable (cerr-4). For this scoop - for the first time cerr did not take place in Singapore - the NEA received the full cooperation of the OVAM (Public Waste Agency of Flanders). The cerr is a unique forum behind closed doors, for professionals and policy makers in waste management, to exchange experience with environmental regulation, challenges in managing environmental issues are discussed, and lessons learned from the problems faced by participating countries in imposing obligations. 21 countries and the OECD participated in the cerr-4.

 

To get an impression of the ISWA World Congress 2015 and the ISWA General Assembly 2015 please visit this picture Gallery and watch the congress mood Video!.

Global Waste Management Outlook launched

GWMO presentation at the Rubens House
The GWMO engaged the press's interest
Panel members presenting the GWMO after the press conference

ISWA and UNEP officially presented the first 'Global Waste Management Outlook' (GWMO) during the ISWA World Congress in Antwerp to a wide audience of ministers, ambassadors, press and other public representatives.

 

The launch of the GWMO, written with UNEP, was an important milestone for ISWA and for the waste industry as a whole. It outlines the successes, failures, challenges and route map to developing a modern waste management system in developing countries. A tool kit helps decision-makers elaborate their plans while building a case for financing from private and public capital.

 

The challenge now is that all of us, each individual who is intested in waste management developing, gets the GWMO in front of decision makers in every country- in the richer countries because they need now to dedicate more overseas aid to waste and help developing nations get their collection and disposal systems under control; to poorer countries so politicians can understand the immense cost, in terms of health, environment, loss of income from tourism and investments, caused by having dirty cities and rural Areas.

 

Download the various GWMO documents here and spread them! 

GWMO full report

GWMO summary

GWMO flyer - the GWMO at a glance

GWMO press release

25 million views for ISWA’s WASTED HEALTH REPORT in Brazil!

This report for the first time lays out how untreated waste is today leading to premature deaths, ill-health and stunted growth among millions of people
Report author Antonis Mavropoulos
Carlos Silva Filho, ABRELPE

How ABRELPE, ISWA National Member in Brazil, improved its influence using ISWA’s report

 

During the 2015 Annual Congress, ISWA has released a first of a kind report to deal with the emergency caused by the inadequate waste disposal around the world.

 

The report named “Wasted Health: The Tragic Case of Dumpsites” shows, for the first time, the impacts caused by the existing open dumps, which receive around 40% from the total waste generated on Earth and affects 3.5-4 billion people, mostly from developing countries.

 

ABRELPE, ISWA National Member in Brazil, considered the report as a great opportunity to develop a local strategy and decided to expand the scope of the work, adapting it according to the local conditions. A team of local experts worked with ISWA STC Chair, Antonis Mavropoulos, author of the original report and developed a special analysis for the country, estimating the impacts and costs caused by dumpsites on health and environment. In doing so, ABRELPE will not only circulate the report but it will build on that, trying to influence policy-makers, something that it is necessary for every ISWA National Member.

 

When the results were finalized, ABRELPE organized a press conference to present and discuss its highlights and conclusions with journalists, aiming to stimulate them to promote this very important subject among the greatest audience possible, in order to increase people’s awareness towards the negative impacts and high costs that arise from the dumpsites.

 

The results were very positive:

 

  • more than a dozen of journalists have attended the press conference, including some of the most important media channels in the country;
  • a press release have been circulated, with the most important data and conclusions from the report (see attachment);
  • more than 30 articles have been published referring to the report and mentioning ISWA and ABRELPE;
  • the total visibility to this topic in Brazil until October 2nd was 25.393.468 views and accesses to the links of the published articles.

 

The experiences gained show that reports, information sheets and research provided by ISWA gives a great chance to our National Members to promote the association on a more effective way, bringing to each country high quality content, which is an important instrument to strengthen the visibility of our National Members as institutions representing the waste industry on their regions. ABRELPE’s practice demonstrates that with a proper preparation and support, ISWA’s National Members can create huge publicity and increase substantially their appearance and influence.

 

 

ABRELPE’s press release:

 

Dumpsites cost US$ 370 mi/year to the country's health system, says study

 

Treatment of diseases related to inadequate waste disposal can cost around US$370 million a year to the public health system in Brazil, according to a new study that evaluated the impact of more than 3.000 dumpsites in the country. Released on Monday, Sep 28th, the new research was conducted by specialists from the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), in partnership with ABRELPE, the Brazilian Association of Waste Management Companies.

 

According to the survey, about 75 million Brazilians have their waste going to open dumps or other inappropriate places. According to the coordinator of the study, Mr. Antonis Mavropoulos, chair of the ISWA Scientific and Technical Committee, people who live near dumpsites, waste pickers and waste workers are the main ones affected, while there are also indirect consequences that are not restricted by the distance from the dumpsite.

 

The study analyzed the production of solid waste in Brazil between 2010 and 2014 and concluded that, at a conservative estimate, at least 1% of the population served by dumpsites develops negative health impacts – this is equivalent to about 750 thousand people. "The direct and indirect health cost to the NHS is roughly US$ 500 per person," said Mavropoulos. "We estimate annual costs of US$ 370 million per year, totaling US$ 1.85 billion over five years. Therefore, between 2016 and 2021, total health cost, as a result of the dumps will be this value".

 

According to Mavropoulos, the dumps threaten the quality of life of 3.5 billion to 4 billion people worldwide. However, it is difficult to study their impact, since the waste streams are uncontrolled, making appropriate tracking very difficult. "Studies of this type are very expensive and they have to last for several years. However, we crossed data from Abrelpe’s studies, assessments of environmental and health costs based on scientific evidence and documents of the European Commission, OECD reports and many case studies of data in different parts the world, and thus we were able to make a descent macro-economic assessment" explained Mavropoulos.

 

According to Carlos Silva Filho, president of Abrelpe and ISWA vice president, the study accounted not only ill health treatment costs caused by the existence of the dumps, but also considered the impact of loss of working days for medical reasons, psychosocial costs caused to residents of areas near the dumps and environmental damage caused by these irregular units.

 

Environmental cost. In addition to the costs incurred for the public health system, the study also estimated environmental costs. "The dumps cause damage to the atmosphere with CO2 emissions, damage to water, soil, flora and fauna," explained Silva Filho. According to him, between 2010 and 2014, the costs of environmental damage by dumpsites were between US$ 1.4 billion and US$ 2.8 billion. "Considering the impacts on health and the environment between 2016 and 2021, the cost that Brazil will pay for maintaining the open dumps for more five years is estimated between US$ 3.2 billion and US$ 4.65 billion. "The estimated health and environmental costs is equivalent to half of the amount that the country would have to invest to implement adequate waste destination plants", said Silva Filho.

3rd ISWA Beacon Conference on Final Sinks in Taipei, Taiwan

The 23rd August is a special day for the European based research community on the issue of Safe Final Sinks as we reach out to the Asian researchers by holding the 3rd ISWA Beacon International Conference on Final Sinks (ICFS) in Taipei, Taiwan. The event was jointly organized by ISWA, National Taiwan University, Vienna University of Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Kyoto University and received overwhelming participation of over 240 people from 15 nations worldwide.

 

Expanding the scope from the previous conferences held in Vienna, Austria and Espoo, Finland in 2010 and 2013 respectively, this conference goes further up the product life cycle by focusing the one three crucial elements of “product design”, “Clean Cycles’ and “Safe Final Sinks”, reflecting the transition in waste management practice from the search for landfill alternative to safe circulation of resources and resource management through product design.

 

The two-day conference was a feast of wisdom and research innovation as we saw an unprecedented array of 9 internationally renowned keynote speakers from 7 countries sharing their experiences from both the theoretical and practical perspectives across the waste management spectrum, e.g. Professor Paul Brunner of the Technological University of Vienna gave a keynote presentation on “Final Sinks – Prerequisite for an Cycling Society” ; and ISWA’s Managing Director Hermann Koller gave a keynote speech “Experiences with the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Approach in Waste Management”.

 

Furthermore there were a total of 52 high quality oral/poster presentations from 13 countries in the themes of “evaluation of sinks”, “methodologies to follow materials through the economy”, “waste management focusing on clean cycles”, “evaluation of sinks”, ”waste to energy” and “Design of products and sinks” from young researchers sharing their innovative ideas and sparks off discussions among audiences.

 

The Minister Wei from the Taiwan Environmental Protection Administration delivered the opening speech and highlighted the importance of innovation in re-designing the waste management practices to achieve optimization of resource utilization, stakeholders’ engagement and creating incentive for environmentally sound treatment.

 

The third Conference day was dedicated to technical visits to the Beitou Refuse Incineration Plant and the National Palace Museum. With designed capacity of 1,800 tons/day and maximum power generation of 48 MW, the Beitou Refuse Incineration Plan is the largest of the 3 incineration plants in Taipei and is equipped with high standard pollution control facilities with instant operation data.

 

In conclusion, the two and a half day event brought together the consensus among the research communities, policy makers and product manufacturers across the world on the need to ensure clean cycles and safe final sinks through integration of theoretical research and practical experience into policy formulation.

 

The next International Conference on Final Sinks will be held in Kyoto/Japan in 2017.

ISWA at the first IFAT Environmental Technology Forum in Africa

As African markets are becoming more and more attractive, the Messe München International has introduced the first IFAT Environmental Technology Forum on 15-18 September in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Forum was co-located with the BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA-International Trade Fair and attracted high interest from the Environmental, Construction and Mining sectors.

 

The event hosted 116 exhibitors from 13 countries and over 2,000 visitors from 42 countries on 4,500 square meters of exhibition space. Additionally the Forum had a very ambitious and successful scientific programme, of which one whole day was dedicated to waste management.

 

Taking advantage of the unique opportunity, ISWA was also represented at the event and contributed to the scientific agenda with a presentation about the association and its relevance for the East African region. More information: http://www.ifatforum-africa.com/forum-programme.php

Professional Training Course on Hazardous Waste Management

Participants on last day with certificates
Participants on last day with certificates
Session on Hazardous Waste Management at ISWA2015
Session on Hazardous Waste Management at ISWA2015
Technical teaching Session at the Hazardous Waste Management Course in Delft
Technical teaching Session at the Hazardous Waste Management Course in Delft

Jointly organized by the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education; the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA); the Berlin University of Technology, Department for Waste Management; the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO); and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP – Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Convention).

 

31 August - 11 September 2015 in Delft, Netherlands & Antwerp, Belgium

 

The course gave 25 practitioners from low and middle income countries the opportunity to gain knowledge about current practices and state-of-the-art developments, as well as the organizational and legislative framework to prevent and handle hazardous waste. It also provided them the opportunity to share, discuss and develop case studies from their own professional experience and to present these to an audience at the ISWA 2015 World Congress.

 

In the slipstream of the ISWA World Congress 2015, a Hazardous Waste Management short course for professionals already working in the field of waste management, was organized and conducted by the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education; the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA); the Berlin University of Technology, Department for Waste Management; the United Nations Industrial Development Organization; and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP – Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Convention)

 

The objective of this course was to share knowledge about current practices and state-of-the-art development, as well as the organizations and legislative framework to prevent or reduce the generation of and handling of hazardous wastes.  Considering the limitations of handling was in general, and hazardous waste in particular focused in the context of developing and transition economies.

 

This course that initially had 163 applicants from Middle and Low-Income countries, was attended by the designated course number of 25 participants covering 16 countries, namely: Brazil, Bhutan, Colombia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Mauritius, Oman, Pakistan, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam, Zambia. The course organizers gratefully acknowledge the Dutch Government (through NUFFIC) for making it possible that 18 of the participants received fellowships to attend this HWM course. The selection criteria for the course participants was a necessity to be a practitioner in the field of waste management from a low or middle income country; to possess at least a BSc degree in science, technology or engineering; and to already have some practical working experience in hazardous waste management.

 

The course was structured with an initial 5 day dedicated technical training at the UNESCO-IHE premises in Delft, Netherlands by International experts from the partnering Institutions afore named, and coupled with practical trainings, group work and discussions.  The course covered the topics of: (1) Fundamentals and environmental impacts of hazardous waste; (2) Resource efficiency and waste avoidance; (3) Treatment technologies and management practices for hazardous waste; (4) Legislative aspects of hazardous waste management (i.e. the Basel Convention); (5) and the analysis of specific case studies in developing and transition economy contexts.  Therefore, the expectation was that by the end of the course the practitioners would be able to characterize the key chemical, environmental and/or toxicological characteristics of the different categories of hazardous wastes; how these are generated and how these may impact upon human and/or ecological health.  Furthermore, to be more familiar with the safe handling of hazardous wastes and to thereby conceptually design processes that are able to remove/eliminate the impacts of the hazardous wastes.  Lastly, to have the expertise to be able to propose options to avoid or reduce the generation of the hazardous wastes.

 

Thereafter the participants transferred to attend and participate in the ISWA World Congress in Antwerp, Belgium and before returning to Delft to wrap up the course, a visit was conducted to the installations of the INDAVER plant in Antwerp. (http://www.indaver.com/home/)

 

The issue of Hazardous Waste Management (HWM) is, in most of the above referred to countries, hampered by (1) lack of awareness; (2) lack of knowledge; (3) lack of financial resources; and (4) lack of appropriate legislation/law enforcement. As such, HWM is way below the priority concerns of many countries, coming after issues such as food supply, health care, clean water and sanitation.

 

This special context has been taken into account in the design of the HWM training course in that all participants brought to the course a national HWM case description to be shared and discussed amongst each other and with the technical experts from the five partner Organizations. A selection of these case descriptions, into which the knowledge and experience, acquired in the course, is projected, formed the basis for the special session on 8 September 2015 at the ISWA World Congress in Antwerp.  At this session, the course participants jointly presented a selection of five cases to the audience, which contained the standard solution approaches to the various portrayed issues and challenges, as well as how some of the standard ways of dealing with the HW issue need to be modified in order to fit local conditions, where possible and applicable. The topics of the five presentations were: (1) Mercury in artisanal and small scale gold mining; (2) Hydrocarbon spillage: dealing with the contamination; (3) Medical hazardous waste management: problems and solutions; (4) Approaches for decreasing environmental and health impacts of e-wastes handling in developing countries; (5) Countering improper disposal of hazardous waste – a comparative policy analysis. The presentations were followed by an interactive session of feedback and knowledge exchange with the numerous experts within the audience. 

 

After the World Congress, the participants returned to the UNESCO-IHE premises in Delft where a course wrap-up and evaluation were conducted.  The closing of the course took place with the award of the respective certificates of participation.  Post course, the aim is for these participants to continue to build their global network with practitioners working in the field of hazardous waste to collectively drive forward the global agenda of professional sustainable waste management.

 

For further information please see:

http://www.iswa.org/programmes/external-projects/

 http://www.unesco-ihe.org/hazardous-waste-management

 

 

EU Healthcare Waste Management Project Meeting in Macedonia

The fourth coordination meeting of the project “Developing an EU Standardised Approach to Vocational Educational Training Awards in Healthcare Waste Management” – Acronym EU-HCWM – was held on 14th and 15th September 2015 in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia and kindly hosted by the Regional Environmental Center (REC).

 

The project aims to provide a unified approach to the development of National Occupational Standards and Vocational Educational Training (VET) Programmes for Healthcare Waste Management across the EU Member States. This will be achieved through a new healthcare waste management qualification framework, and e-learning platform.

 

The 12 partners of this project represent 11 European countries and two pan European industry associations. The partnership group represents a broad range of stakeholders with a high level of technical expertise from both the state and private healthcare sectors. In addition, the project partnership includes stakeholders representing both healthcare waste managers and healthcare providers, as well as a strong representation from vocational education training.

 

Key progress within the project to date has been: (1) An assessment of the current VET availability across the EU countries, represented by the partner countries; (2) Assessment of the core skills requirements for the role of healthcare waste managers;(3) The development of a standardised EU vocational training qualification for healthcare waste managers; (4) The development of associated training materials to underpin the qualification.

 

Currently the internal and external evaluation processes are ongoing for the verification of the VET qualification and associated training materials referred to under point 3 and 4 above.  ISWA is strongly involved in the external technical evaluation process. This process has also entailed national informative workshops, which are all to be completed by the end of 2015.  Once this process has been completed within each country, and thereafter cross-cutting across the entire project, the development of an e-learning platform to facilitate the remote delivery of the qualification and training programme will begin to take shape.  Simultaneously, the partners are working on establishing an EU wide network of healthcare waste management professionals and the relevant networks to uptake the VET qualifications. This latter process is where ISWA and the pan European industry associations will try to bring in their respective experiences to collectively further strengthen this process. Expressions of interest from healthcare waste managers who would be interested in participating in and /or developing new professional networks for the HCW sector are invited to contact: info@remove-this.hcwm.eu

 

For more information, please see:

http://www.hcwm.eu/

http://www.iswa.org/programmes/external-projects/

 

 

Healthcare Waste Working Group Meeting in Mons, Belgium

The ISWA Healthcare Waste Working Group (WGHCW) met for its second Working Group meeting of 2015 on Thursday 10 September 2015. The group works on promoting the integrated provision of the infrastructure for the safe management of healthcare waste worldwide (within the framework of the objectives, activities and means of implementation established by Agenda 21 of the United Nations Conference of the Environment and Development).  This meeting was held back to back to the ISWA World Congress in Antwerp, Belgium and was kindly hosted by AMB-Ecosteryl, one of the working group members, at their facilities in Mons, Belgium.

 

The focus of the meeting was to review the work of the group between 2013 and 2015 and to discuss the way forward in line with the new ISWA Scientific and Technical Committee priorities that were endorsed during the ISWA World Congress.

 

As part of this Working Group meeting, the hosts, AMB-Ecosteryl provided a visit to their facilities and explanation of their activities and available technology. AMB-Ecosteryl design and manufacture equipment for medium and large hospitals, as well as being service providers for the treatment of biomedical waste. 

 

The sharing of the different available technologies and practices for healthcare waste management is a feature of the ISWA WGHCW meetings, given the wide range of available options, so that all practitioners can engage in exchanges amongst each other and foster the relationships and partnerships to jointly contribute to moving the sustainable waste management agenda forward.

 

The Working Group will meet again in London prior to the International Healthcare Waste Conference taking place at St Thomas’ Hospital between 14 and 15 April 2016.  The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group and ISWA will jointly organize the conference.  Early bird fees are currently available; please use the link below to book.

 

For more information, please see:

http://shop.northampton.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=1&deptid=24&catid=60&prodvarid=30

http://www.iswa.org/iswa/iswa-groups/working-groups/working-groups/wg/show_details/working-group-on-healthcare-waste/

 

 

New Gold Member: Akarmak (Turkey)


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

 

Akarmak, founded in 1990, manufactures autoclaves, machines and pressure vessels for various industries including Composite Materials, Glass, Tire Retreading - Rubber Vulcanization, Building Materials, and Medical Waste Sterilization.

 

Medical waste sterilization (MWS) systems are manufactured in state-of-the art manufacturing facilities in the city of Eskisehir, with close proximity to major cities and ports. From the customer requirement acquisition stage to design, manufacturing, test, delivery and on-site commissioning, Akarmak is capable of providing turn-key and boutique solutions. Akarmak is the only company in the world that has technologies for both pre-shredded and post-shredded MWS systems.

 

For more information, please visit:
www.akarmak.com.tr
www.autoclave.com.tr

WMAA (National Member Australia) has a new CEO

Martin Tolar, the new WMAA CEO
Martin Tolar, the new WMAA CEO

The WMAA Board announced the appointment of Martin Tolar as the Association’s new CEO.

 

Martin is an experienced CEO, working with not-for-profit organisations. He holds tertiary qualifications in economics as well as a Master of Commerce degree. He also has professional qualifications in workplace training, Company Directorship and compliance management. Martin formerly was CEO of the GRC Institute (formerly the Australian Compliance Institute). In his role, he has been responsible for GRC’s operations both nationally and in NZ and Asia, including the organisation of many industry events, conferences and training programmes.

 

Martin has a solid background with professional organisations and local authorities, and is a former Baulkham Hills Shire councillor and deputy mayor. There he was the driver of developing green waste services and community awareness programmes related to waste. He has worked as a parliamentary policy adviser and is very familiar with managing relationships between stakeholders, and developing balanced and credible industry positions on key issues. Martin also has significant communications experience and the use of information technology platforms for member interaction at all levels. Martin has a good knowledge of the shape of the waste industry and some of the issues it faces, as well as the divergent views as to how to address these. He is looking forward to making a contribution that members will value, working with WMMA and its staff team to build on the Association’s offering to its members to ensure it remains the peak body for the waste industry throughout Australia.

 

On a personal level, Martin resides on a small farm in North West Sydney with his wife and young family, and is closely involved in sporting and community activities. He also breeds and shows Australian Shepherd dogs.

 

We would like to congratulate Martin and wish him al the best for his new job! We would also like to thank Val Southam for the always excellent cooperation over the last 14 years. Welcome Martin! All the best for the future, Val!

 

 

ISWA Profile: Mariagiovanna Vetere (Italy)

Mariagiovanna Vetere, Vice-chair of the Working Group on Governance and Legal Issues
Mariagiovanna Vetere, Vice-chair of the Working Group on Governance and Legal Issues

Name and current position in ISWA

Mariagiovanna Vetere – Vice Chair Legal/Governance WG

 

Company and current position in your company 

NatureWorks LLC – EU Public affairs Manager

 

What is your background?

I studied philosophy, economics and maths with specific focus on game theory.

 

Did you always work in the waste industry?

I worked for some years in consulting in the field of Business organization and I worked in waste and recycling of waste for 10 years.

 

Did you ever have a mentor or someone you found inspirational?

I had the opportunity to meet John Nash; his idea to use maths models to analyse and solve economic problems was crucial for my choice to work in business organization. After many years in waste and recycling and now in public affairs I can say that modelling is still my favourite way to face problems.

 

What would you say is your greatest achievement to date?

I learnt to drive car only two years ago… that was quite amazing:-)

On working side is my actual position as PA manager in NatureWorks, an innovative and challenging company.

 

Best advice that you ever received?

My first boss recommended me to increase my knowledge in different fields to improve my education, but at the same time to keep a very specific competence to play a clear role in the company. This is something I never forget.

 

When not working, I enjoy...

Spending time with my family and sometime to listen some good music.

 

Why did you decide to become part of ISWA?

My former company Corepla was member of ISWA and I learnt to appreciate the organization and decided to continue to be a member.

 

When did you become nominated to your current position in ISWA?

Last year.

 

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the waste industry today?

Waste management is key for development; our main challenge in my view is to conjugate economic growth and environment protection. Waste sector is in the fortunate position to contribute significantly in the GDP growth of states that implement it in the right way; at the same time it has to play the environment protection role in a more convincing way.

 

In your opinion, what are the industry’s strengths and weaknesses?

The major strength is in my opinion the variety of stakeholder and operators which is quite unique compared with other industry sectors; we have private companies, municipalities and local authorities, cooperation between public and private; this variety is the key to adapt to the different local situations. 

I see as weakness sometimes the resistance to innovate and to experiment new opportunities.

 

Where do you see, if any, market opportunities for the waste industry?

I think many opportunities can come from the Circular Economy that EU is going to promote. Waste industry should have a central role in this new view.

 

 

 

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Climate Change: ISWA on the road to COP21

ISWA General Assembly signs Climate Change Declaration

ISWA General Assembly 2015
ISWA General Assembly 2015
General Assembly delegates after signing the  Climate Change Declaration
General Assembly delegates after signing the Climate Change Declaration

On 6 September, the ISWA General Assembly held its annual meeting in Antwerp, Belgium, and in the course of that signed a Declaration on Climate Change and Waste and Resource Management.

 

The Declaration on Climate Change and Waste and Resource Management is part of the continuing work which ISWA is doing on climate change mitigation. Gary Crawford, ISWA Board Member and Chair of ISWA’s Working Group on Climate Change and Waste Management, mentioned that the world is at a tipping point and climate change mitigation requires immediate action, which the waste sector should and can play a significant role in. “The waste industry must help reduce net emissions in order to meet the 2 degree Celsius stabilisation point and this declaration is aimed at the policy makers who can assist facilitate this” he added. The declaration indicates what ISWA should be committed to do, it discusses how ISWA call upon governments to act and how ISWA needs to leverage funds from the public and private sectors in order to achieve the goals.

 

“The ISWA Declaration on Climate Change and Waste and Resource Management underlines how the waste industry can play a huge role in reducing carbon emissions, if the policies are right” said ISWA President David Newman and added, “So let us now get that declaration out to the press and politicians in our countries around the world to underscore how we, the waste industry, are part of the growing global business community embracing positive change for the environment. And let us make this happen at COP21 - United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris next December.”

 

Please find the Declaration on Climate Change and Waste and Resource Management here.

Global cooperation projects with the CCAC

Waste and Climate Change session at ISWA 2015
Waste and Climate Change session at ISWA 2015
Workshop on MSW financing
Kick-off meeting of CCAC Work Plan Project in Dar es Salaam

Waste and Climate Change Session at ISWA2015 in Antwerp

During the ISWA World Congress 2015, ISWA and other lead partners of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) organized a session titled: Sustainable waste management and impacts on climate change: the Climate and Clean Air Coalition’. The event aimed to explore how enhanced municipal solid waste management can achieve important development and political priorities, together with significant additional benefits, namely climate change mitigation, improvement of public health and economic sustainability. Six speakers and three City Representatives (from Cebu City, Philippines, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Sao Paulo, Brazil) presented on various aspects of the waste and climate change context and their efforts on reducing methane and black carbon emissions originating from bad waste management practices in the developing world, such as dumping and open burning. 

 

Workshop on Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) financing in Paris

On 10-11 September, ISWA and other Lead Partners the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) Municipal Solid Waste Initiative (MSWI) organized a Workshop on MSD financing in order to discuss various methodologies and ways to channel funding into municipal solid waste projects in emerging economies. Experts from the World Bank, UNEP, FMDV (the Global Fund for Cities Development), NEFCO (Nordic Environmental Finance Corporation), C40 Cities and many more met with city and national Representatives from Cambodia, Argentina, Ethiopia, the Philippines, Jordan and Kenya to identify opportunities and frame alternatives on potential co-operations. This unique event is a first of its kind trying to close the gaps while seeking out and arranging the missing financing and helping the cities to create bankable solid waste related projects. The workshop was generously hosted by Veolia at the Veolia Environment premises in the heart of Paris.  

 

ISWA holds kick-off meeting of CCAC Work Plan Project in Dar es Salaam

As a key player of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), ISWA is continuing to implement City Projects in the mega city of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, funded by the Coalition. The most populated city of eastern Africa faces immense challenges trying to manage the more than 4000 tonnes of municipal solid waste generated each day. The main aim of the ISWA/CCAC Work Plan project is to effectively mitigate short lived climate pollutants (SLCPs), such as methane or black carbon, which result also from improper waste management practices, such as open burning or the dumping of organic waste. The kick-off meeting of the Work Plan was held on the 29th September with the purpose to gather all key players of the project, facilitate discussion and the engagement in the specific project elements. ISWA will work closely with the City of Dar es Salaam and other local stakeholders over the course of next year.

#roadtocop21: activities update

ISWA created the hashtag #roadtocop21. Watch out for that! Since September, under this hashtag ISWA informs regularly on Twitter, Facebook an LinkedIn about it's actvities in connection with COP21, the United Nations Climate Change Conference, which will take place beginning of December in Paris.

 

In total, ISWA already has more than 5000 followers on Twitter, Facebook an LinkedIn. Don't miss out on these regular updates on what professional and sustainable waste management can do to mitigate climate change and become a follower now!

 

Coming up before the COP: The Veolia Institute and its partners intend to contribute to the forthcoming COP21 by recommending concrete solutions that can be implemented in the short term. Therefore, the Veolia Institute is committed to organize, in association with the Agence Française de Développement and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, an international conference on innovative solutions to reduce methane emissions. Title: Mitigating methane emissions: From science to innovative solutions. The event will take place on the 9th November in Paris at the Economic, Social and Environmental Council (ESEC) premises. Methane emission from waste management will be one of the key topics at the event, where ISWA will be represented as well.

 

More information: www.conference-methane.org/en

 

Please mark your calendar! ISWA, Veolia and the US EPA will cooperate to organize a side event on ‘Mitigating methane emissions: from science to innovative solutions’ at the COP21 in Paris on Tuesday the 8th December from 1:15 – 2:45 pm.

 

Additional side events on climate change and waste linkage at the COP21 in Paris:

-        Friday, 4th December 4:45 – 6:15 pm. Catalysing commitments into action: innovation and scalable solutions in cross-sector collaboration.

-        Friday, 4th December 6:30 – 8 pm. Making Below 2 Degrees a Reality: Climate Smart Development in a Vulnerable and Emerging Economy.

-        Saturday, 5th December 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. Waste Sector Strategies for a Low Carbon Economy: Innovative Experiences in the Global South

-        Thursday, 10th December 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Bioenergy in Small Island Developing States.

 

More information can be found on https://seors.unfccc.int/seors/reports/events_list.html?session_id=COP21

...and on http://unfccc.int/meetings/unfccc_calendar/items/2655.php

 

 

News from around the Globe

WORLD: Sustainable energy breakthrough for developing world

A breakthrough sustainable energy technology at the University of Newcastle (UON) could help solve the global challenge of rural electrification in developing countries.

 

The $1.1 million project, led by Dr Kalpit Shah and Professor Behdad Moghtaderi, both based at UON’s Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER), will establish a demonstration site of the technology in India, which could then be deployed to other developing nations.

 

Funded by Industry partner VTara Energy Group Pty Ltd, the project is aimed at solving a missing link in the gasification of biomass – using agricultural waste and by-product to generate heat and electricity.

 

Professor Behdad Moghtaderi said the technology could have implications for almost two billion people globally who do not have access to modern fuels such as oil and gas.

 

“Inadequate access to energy threatens human health, economic growth and limits opportunities for education. This project is an example of the role Australia can play in supporting global economic development.

 

“By collaborating with industry, we can apply research knowledge to real world problems with great impact,” said Professor Moghtaderi.

 

Dr Shah said the demonstration plant will address key issues including fuel flexibility, tar removal and heat recovery in the gasifier.

 

For the full story, please visit EcoVoice

AUSTRALIA: Councils pushed to build recycled roads

Councils in [the Australian State of Western Australia] are being officially urged to use recycled construction and demolition materials in new projects.

 

WA Minister for the Environment Albert Jacob says projects like building roads, car parks and drains can be made more environmentally-sound by re-using old supplies.

 

He says it is important to make better use of recycled construction and demolition materials to reduce the amount going to landfill.

 

About three million tonnes of construction and demolition waste are generated and two million tonnes go to landfill in WA each year.

 

“This waste makes up about half of all materials sent to landfill in Western Australia, while the products it could replace, such as limestone, are getting harder to source close to the metropolitan area,” Mr Jacob said.

 

“This Government's financial incentive will raise awareness about the benefits of using these recycled products.”

 

For the full story, please visit Green Career

SWEDEN: Video on how Sweden is now recycling 99% of its trash

Everyone produces waste, and the Swedes are no different. It’s what they do with it that is unusual. Sweden recycles and sorts its waste so efficiently that less than 1 percent ends up in landfills. But perhaps even more interesting, and somewhat controversial (read why here and here), is that Sweden burns about as much household waste as it recycles, over two million tons, and converts this to energy. But even with this amount of domestic waste, the country’s 32 waste-to energy (WTE) incineration plants can handle even more. And when Sweden runs out of its own garbage, it offers a service to the rest of garbage-bloated Europe: importing excess waste from other countries.

 

For the full story, please visit Films for Action

UK: UK set for nappy recycling revolution

Disposable nappies, incontinent pads and feminine hygiene products will have a new life as plastic bins and pet litter thanks to a new recycling facility planned for West London.

 

Development plans for the UK’s largest Absorbent Hygiene Product (AHP) recycling site in Hayes have been submitted by Knowaste – an American recycling firm which aims to build seven such facilities across the UK within the next five years.

 

The £14m ‘Hayes 180’ site, which is planned to launch in early 2017, will charge local authorities and commercial hygiene companies a set fee to use the facility, replacing the existing mandatory landfill or incineration costs associated with AHPs.

 

For the full story, please visit edie.net

UK: Sainsbury’s seeks food waste trial town

Sainsbury's is searching for a UK town to test initiatives to combat household food waste. 

Sainsbury’s has today (21 September) launched a five-year plan targeting food waste in the household.

 

The ‘Waste Less, Save More’ initiative has kicked off the £10-million project with a search for a UK town to receive a £1-million investment to become the location for pilot initiatives aiming to discover which interventions are most effective at reducing household waste.

 

The project is a response to the figures published by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) in 2012 that say that 7 million tonnes of food and drink is wasted by households annually, with the average family throwing away £700 of food each year.

 

This, according to the WRAP report, ‘Household food and drink waste in the UK 2012’, makes up around 50 per cent of all food waste in the UK.

 

For the full story, please visit Resource

USA: Styrofoam-eating worms could happily dispose of plastic waste

Researchers believe they may have found a solution to the rising problem of plastic waste, NBC News reported.

 

A team of engineers from Stanford University have been raising a hundred mealworms from birth on a diet made up of styrofoam. Their research shows that each worm is able to eat about a few dozen milligrams every day, with a type of bacteria in their gut helps that helps them digest the material. The worms are able to convert half the foam to carbon dioxide and leave half behind as non-toxic waste.

 

For the full story, please visit NBC News